Bruce says goodbye to the GCR crew

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Ya ever have one of those adventures that simultaneously seemed like it lasted forever as well as sped by in the blink of an eye? My life with God Complex Radio has been like this for me.  From that initial Twitter DM conversation about “a crazy idea” to live broadcasts on BlogTalkRadio to hitting the jumping into the podcast world, this has been a wonderful ride.

But alas, the time has come for me to shift my energies in different directions – most importantly to my local congregation and my family – and step back and see what new and exciting things are in store for Carol, Landon and the rest of the God Complex Radio Crew.  There has been no scandal, no internal fighting and no, contrary to popular belief, I have not been called up to play shortstop next year for the Oakland A’s . . . but I’m waiting ;-)  What has happened is that Landon and Carol are putting in gobs of time and mental energy about the future of the show and I simply cannot keep up.  So rather than have them slow down for me, I am stepping back so the show can zoom forward!  You all are in for some great stuff for sure!

So as of now, I am done being a part of the front line team of God Complex Radio.  I will continue to interact with the GCR community and will use all my social media juice to spread the word.  I will also return on occasion as a ranting and opinionated correspondent and pundit.

As I bid farewell to this stage of my life, I want to offer my deepest thanks to Brian MerrittMark Smith and Heather Scott who were part of this craziness at the beginning. And of course to my co-horts in crime, Carol and Landon, I will miss our early morning banter, our bouts of uncontrollable laughter and, yes, I’ll even miss all the technical difficulties that gave us a common enemy ;-)  Above all, I will miss being part of this particular venue where we have offered our collective voice of faith to the church and world.  I will forever be grateful for our time together.

So that’ all for now. Thanks for the memories and I’ll see you all around the interwebs. As always you can catch me on Twitter, Facebook and my blog.

Peace to you all,

Bruce, God Complex Radio Alum

GCR 2.3 – Not Your Mama’s Church: Women, Creativity, & Emergence

Join Carol Howard Merritt and Bruce Reyes-Chow as they welcome Nadia Bolz-Weber, pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints. Also joining the GCR team is Meredith White-Zeager, pastor of The Phoenix Project.

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Some highlights from this episode:

0:10: Meredith White-Zeager shares her experience of “church” and why she started The Phoenix Project.
6:15: Bruce introduces the theme of the episode and Nadia Bolz-Weber, pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints
7:35: Bruce’s conversation with Nadia Bolz-Weber
34:27: Carol and Bruce reflect
1:13:18: Promo of next episode

Items mentioned in this episode:
Covenant Community Church
Greenbelt Festival
Emerging Women

6/1 update from Carol Howard Merritt: So… I had a major lack of sleep when recording this show, and when it came out, I felt frustrated that my critiques were geared toward Nadia personally. I have great respect for Nadia and I felt awkward because it seemed like I was critiquing her when she was out of the room and could not defend herself. I meant my comments to be geared toward all of us who are trying to leave Evangelicalism, and create something else, but my wording sucked. I apologized to Nadia, and she graciously accepted my apology. We will have a follow-up on this show… where Nadia can get the last word!

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Season 2, Episode 2 – Illegal immigration: from Jesus to Arizona

Join Carol Howard Merritt and Bruce Reyes-Chow as they welcome Robert P. Jones, CEO and Founder of Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI Facebook and Twitter)*. Also joining the GCR team is Delle McCormick, Executive Director of BorderLinks.

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Some highlights from this episode:

0:10: Rev. Delle McCormick tells a story of an illegal immigrant and her baby
6:00: Carol introduces the theme of the episode and Robert P. Jones, CEO and Founder of Public Religion Research Institute
8:25: Part 1 of Carol’s conversation with Robert P. Jones
20:28: Carol and Bruce reflect on Part 1
38:44: Part 2 of Carol’s conversation with Robert P. Jones
55:08: Carol and Bruce reflect on Part 2
1:09:18: Promo of next week’s episode with Nadia Bolz-Weber about the emergent church

Items mentioned in this episode:
PRR Poll: “Religion, Values, and Immigration Reform”
PC(USA) Letter regarding Arizona immigration law

*Bruce Reyes-Chow currently serves on the board of PRRI.

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Season 2, Episode 1 – Diana Butler Bass on “Civility & Graciousness”


Join Carol Howard Merritt and Bruce Reyes-Chow as they welcome Diana Butler Bass, author of A People’s History of Christianity: The Other Side of the Story.  Also joining the GCR team is pastor Toby Brown.

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Some highlights from this episode:

0:10: Rev. Toby Brown shares about his experiences with civility and graciousness in online debate and dialogue.
6:13: Bruce introduces the theme of the episode and Diana Butler Bass, author of A People’s History of Christianity: The Other Side of the Story
7:42: Part 1 of Bruce’s conversation with Diana Butler Bass: Agreeing with Glen Beck; Is civility really a good thing?; confronting anonymus criticism
24:41: Bruce and Carol reflect on Part 1
40:47: Part 2 of Bruce’s conversation with Diana Butler Bass: Bass punching a man in a fight over pacifism; the difference between graciousness and civility; this is our nastiness
58:24: Bruce and Carol reflect on Part 2
1:12:18: Promo of next weeks episode with Robert P. Jones to talk about immigration

Items mentioned in this episode:
Is Western Christianity Suffering From Spiritual Amnesia?
Sojourners’ “A Covenant for Civility”
Sojourner/Emergent “kerfuffle

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Season 1, Episode 11 – Serene Jones, Trauma and Grace


Join Carol Howard Merritt and Bruce Reyes-Chow as they welcome Serene Jones, author of Trauma and Grace: Theology in a Ruptured World.  Also joining the GCR team is Kimberly Knight of the Beatitudes Society (bio) and a pastor at Koinonia Church in Second Life.

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Some highlights from this episode:

1:08: Kimberly Knight shares about the ministry of Koinonia Church.
7:50: Carol introduces the theme of the episode and Serene Jones to talk about Trauma and Grace: Theology in a Ruptured World.
9:14: Part 1 of Carol’s conversation with Serene Jones
22:15: Carol and Bruce reflect on Part 1
29:29: Part 2 of Carol’s conversation with Serene Jones
41:41: Carol and Bruce reflect on Part 2
53:00: Wrap up

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Season 1, Episode 10 – Callid Keefe-Perry on Theopoetics

Join Carol Howard Merritt and Bruce Reyes-Chow as they welcome Callid Keefe-Perry to discuss theopoetics, improv and the Religious Society of Friends.  Also joining the GCR team is Rocky Supinger, who shares about an experiment of his involving “journalism as evangelism.”

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Some highlights from this episode:

1:08: Rocky Supinger recounts an experiment of his in which he tried to use journalism as a form of evangelism as opposed to “evangelism as sales.”
8:46: Bruce introduces the theme of the episode and Callid Keefe-Perry to talk about theopoetics
9:45: Part 1 of Bruce’s conversation with Callid Keefe-Perry: “Who is Callid?”, “What is theopoetics?”, Critique of Callid by Ken Silva
22:32: Carol and Bruce reflect on Part 1
39:53: Part 2 of Bruce’s conversation with Callid Keefe-Perry: improv, art, and the act of creation; tradition vs. heritage; the Religious Society of Friends; “the willingness to squint;” creative thinking
50:16: Carol and Bruce reflect on Part 2
1:14:06: Promo of next weeks episode with Serene Jones to speak about her book Trauma and Grace: Theology in a Ruptured World

Items mentioned in this episode:
Unbinding the Gospel: Real Life Evangelism
“Theopoetics: Process and Perspective” by Callid Keefe-Perry
Ken Silva on Callid Keefe-Perry and Theology After Google
Theopoetics(dot)net
Landon Whitsitt’s open source book blog
Carol Howard Merritt’s Huffington Post Blog

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Season 1, Episode 9 – Andrew Newberg, How God Changes Your Brain

Join Carol Howard Merritt and Bruce Reyes-Chow as they welcome Andrew Newberg, author of How God Changes Your Brain: Breakthrough Findings from a Leading Neuroscientist.

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Some highlights from this episode:

1:09: Rev. Deborah Matthews shares a story of discernment with the help of a Quaker Clearness Committee.
5:31: Carol introduces the theme of the episode and Andrew Newberg, author of How God Changes Your Brain: Breakthrough Findings from a Leading Neuroscientist
7:39: Part 1 of Carol’s interview with Andrew Newberg: meditation and prayer; yawning; positive and negative thinking
18:12: Bruce and Carol reflect on Part 1
38:21: Part 2 of Carol’s interview with Andrew Newberg: God images; old brain/new brain; the future of religion
50:29: Bruce and Carol reflect on Part 2
1:05:06: Promo of next weeks episode with Callid Keefe-Perry to talk about theopoetics

Items mentioned in this episode:
de-conversion blog
Paul Farmer

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Season 1, Episode 8 – Eboo Patel

Join Carol Howard Merritt and Bruce Reyes-Chow as they welcome Eboo Patel, Executive Director of Interfaith Youth Core and author of Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation. Also Join Carol and Bruce is Daniel Tutt, Project Manager for 20,000 Dialogues.

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Some highlights from this episode:

1:09: Daniel Tutt, Project Manager for 20,000 Dialogues, shares a story of interfaith dialogue from the Middle Ages.
7:20: Carol introduces the theme of the episode andEboo Patel, Executive Director of Interfaith Youth Core and author of Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation
8:54: Part 1 of Carol’s interview with Eboo Patel: Growing up Muslim in USAmerica; Finding religious identity; Influence of parents and grandmother; moving beyond Islam as a “series of rules”; the “youth bulge”
21:00: Bruce and Carol reflect on Part 1
33:00: Part 2 of Carol’s interview with Eboo Patel: The work of Interfaith Youth Core; milestones in the history of IFYC; pluralism vs. diversity – “Diversity is simply a fact”; why IFYC work on campuses; hopes of the interfaith youth movement
49:00: Bruce and Carol reflect on Part 2
1:06:08 Promo of next weeks episode with Callid Keefe-Perry to talk about theopoetics

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Season 1, Episode 7 – Cynthia Rigby on Mary Daly and Christian Feminism

Join Carol Howard Merritt and Bruce Reyes-Chow as they welcome Cynthia Rigby, renowned scholar and the Chair of Theology at Austin Seminary, to talk to us about the life and influence of Feminist theologian Mary Daly, who recently died.

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Items mentioned in this episode:

Beyond God the Father: Toward a Philosophy of Women’s Liberation by Mary Daly
The Church and the Second Sex by Mary Daly
Promotion of Social Righteousness by Cynthia Rigby
Dallas Morning News Religion Blog (featuring Cynthia Rigby)

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Season 1, Episode 6 – David Batstone, “Not For Sale”


Join Carol Howard Merritt and Bruce Reyes-Chow as they welcome David Batstone, author of Not for Sale: The Return of the Global Slave Trade–and How We Can Fight It and the Founder and President of the Not For Sale Campaign.  Also joining Carol and Bruce are Jan Edminston (A Church For Starving Artists) and Kris Thompson (Calvary Women’s Services).

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Some highlights from this episode:

1:07: Kris Thompson shares about Peg, who has benefited from the ministry at Calvary Women’s Services.
5:53: Carol introduces the theme of the episode and David Batstone, author of Not for Sale: The Return of the Global Slave Trade–and How We Can Fight It
8:21: Part 1 of Carol’s interview with David Batstone: How Not For Sale Campaign began; “Smart Activism”; the benefit of social Media for activism
24:40: Bruce and Carol reflect on Part 1
38:17: Part 2 of Carol’s interview with David Batstone: “Freedom Sunday”; buying chocolate = participating in the slave trade
48:12: Bruce and Carol reflect on Part 2
55:36: Bruce and Carol are joined by Jan Edminston (A Church For Starving Artists) for a discussion of activism and missional work by local congregations

Items mentioned in the episode:

Not For Sale Campaign
Slavery Map
Free To Work
Not For Sale on Twitter
Missionaries Go to Haiti, Followed by Scrutiny” – The New York Times, 2/15/10
Haiti Charges Americans With Child Abduction” – The New York Times, 2/4/10

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