Season1, Episode 5 – Heather Godsey & Lara Blackwood Pickrel


Join Carol Howard Merritt and Bruce Reyes-Chow as they welcome Heather Godsey and Lara Blackwood Pickrel to discuss the book they’ve recently edited, Oh God, Oh God, Oh God!: Young Adults Speak Out About Sexuality and Christianity.  Also joining Carol and Bruce are Rabbi Laura Winer of the Union for Reform Judaism and Makeesha Fisher, Executive Editor of GENERATE Magazine.

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0:01: Rabbi Laura Winer shares about some discussions she’s had with youth regarding sexuality
5:29: Bruce introduces the theme of the episode and Heather Godsey and Lara Blackwood Pickrel
6:50: Part 1 of Bruce interview with Heather Godsey and Lara Blackwood Pickrel
18:53: Bruce and Carol reflect on Part 1
30:44: Part 2 of Bruce interview with Heather Godsey and Lara Blackwood Pickrel
40:47: Bruce and Carol reflect on Part 2
53:15: Bruce and Carol are joined by Makeesha Fisher for a discussion of intimacy and social media’s impact on our perception of others.
1:14:28: Promo for next week’s episode: Carol speaks with David Batstone about human trafficking and his book Not for Sale: The Return of the Global Slave Trade–and How We Can Fight It

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Season 1, Episode 4 – Daniel Karslake

Join Carol Howard Merritt and Bruce Reyes-Chow as they welcome film director and producer Daniel Karslake to discuss his documentary For The Bible Tells Me So. For the Bible Tells Me So tells the stories of Bible believing Christian parents as they learn how to be the parents of homosexual children.

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Some highlights from this episode:

0:01: Carol Howard Merritt speaks with pastor Lara Blackwood Pickrel about an odd experience she had dealing with biblical interpretation
5:25: Carol introduces the theme of the episode and Daniel Karslake
7:45: Daniel Karslake shares how he decided to make the film, For the Bible Tells Me So
15:25: Karslake shares about his faith formation
16:20: Karslake shares
20:35: Bruce and Carol reflect on Part 1 of Karslake interview
35:18: Karslake shares what surprised him in making this film: “Conservative Christians are really lovely, loving people.”
38:50: Karslake shares about the responses to the film
47:15: Karslake shares about the Reitan family’s press conference outside Focus on the Family headquarters
51:25: Bruce and Carol reflect on Part 2 of Karslake interview
1:01:25: Promo for next week’s episode: Bruce speaks with Lara Blackwood Pickrel and Heather Godsey about their new book Oh God, Oh God, Oh God!: Young Adults Speak Out About Sexuality and Christianity

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Episode 4 Behind The Scenes

Season 1, Episode 4 Sneak Peek – Daniel Karslake

Join us for this week’s episode of God Complex Radio. Carol Howard Merritt interviews Daniel Karslake, the producer and director of For The Bible Tells Me So.

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Season 1, Episode 3 – Samir Selmanovic

Join Carol Howard Merritt and Bruce Reyes-Chow as they welcome writer and pastor Samir Selmanovic (It’s Really All About God: Reflections of a Muslim Atheist Jewish Christian). Also, Carol and Bruce speak with pastor Ruth Everhart about the new reports that abstinence only sex education actually works.

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Some highlights from this episode:

0:01: Carol speaks with pastor Jan Edminston about how the world her son inhabits is different than the one she grew up in.
3:35: Carol introduces the theme of the episode and Samir Selmanovic
5:18: Carol and Samir talk about growing up in Yugoslavia; “I grew up in a very happy country”
12:45: Samir shares how he came to his faith
16:20: Samir shares his family’s reaction to his conversion; “thou shalt in enjoy life and not be a jerk”
20:50: Bruce and Carol reflect on Part 1 of Samir interview; “Don’t get me started on all this ‘be all you can be’ stuff”
33:00: Samir shares about living in NYC in the aftermath of 9/11; organizing a Christian-Musilm dialogue
38:00: Religious exclusivism is like “being drunk”;
47:15: Bruce and Carol reflect on Part 2 of Samir interview
59:30: Bruce and Carol speak with Ruth Everhart about the new reports that abstinence only sex education actually works.
1:18:17: Promo for next week’s episode: Carol talks with film director Daniel Karslake about embracing his film For The Bible Tells Me So

Items mentioned this episode:
Abstinence-only programs might work, study says – Washington Post, 2/2/10

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Season 1, Episode 3 Sneak Peek – Samir Selmanovic

Join us for this week’s episode of God Complex Radio. Carol Howard Merritt interviews Samir Selmanovic, author of It’s Really All About God: Reflections of a Muslim Atheist Jewish Christian, and she and Bruce Reyes-Chow are joined by pastor Ruth Everhart for a discussion of abstinence only sex education.

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Episode 3 Behind the Scenes

Season 1, Episode 2 – John Shelby Spong

Join Carol Howard Merritt and Bruce Reyes-Chow as they welcome writer and speaker Bishop John Shelby Spong (Eternal Life: A New Vision: Beyond Religion, Beyond Theism, Beyond Heaven and Hell) for a discussion of death–and eternal life. Also, Carol and Bruce speak with pastor Melissa DeRosia about the recent Supreme Court decision on campaign spending, the trial over California’s Proposition 8, and the forthcoming Presbyterian Church report on Civil Unions/Christian Marriage.

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Some highlights from this episode:

0:00: Carol speaks with pastor Beth Sentell about a vision she had while giving birth to her son
5:45: Carol introduces the theme of the episode and Bishop John Shelby Spong
7:51: John Shelby Spong shares how he responds to criticism of his thoughts and writings; “for most people religion is the search for security and not the search for truth”
12:45: Spong: “Death is a universal experience”; “The presuppositions of the tradition way a viewing life after death have been destroyed”
20:20: Bruce and Carol reflect on Part 1 of Spong interview
31:21: Spong: “I don’t think Christianity…will ever give me peace of mind or certainty or security…it will give me the courage to live in a world that is always insecure.”
35:00: “I seek to reach those who want to live in a 21st century world with a 21st century mind”; “We’ve created God after our own image”; Sin and guilt are not healthy
50:39: Bruce and Carol reflect on Part 2 of Spong interview
1:05:20: Bruce and Carol speak with Melissa DeRosia about the recent Supreme Court decision on campaign spending, the trial over California’s Proposition 8, and the forthcoming Presbyterian Church report on Civil Unions/Christian Marriage
1:30:19: Promo for next week’s episode: Carol talks with author and religious leader Samir Selmanovic (It’s Really All About God: Reflections of a Muslim Atheist Jewish Christian about embracing “The Other.”

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Season 1, Episode 2 Sneak Peek – John Shelby Spong

Join us for this week’s episode of God Complex Radio.  Carol Howard Merritt interview John Shelby Spong, author of Eternal Life: A New Vision, and she and Bruce Reyes-Chow are joined by pastor Melissa DeRosia for a discussion of the trial over California’s Proposition 8 banning same-sex marriage.

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Episode 2 Behind The Scenes

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