The Soul of Christianity
On this podcast we get to the essential element of Christianity as Debi Winrich has sought out a few of her friends and acquaintances to help her get to the “soul” of Christianity in a way that is both intellectually stimulating and also accessible.
  1. In this episode, Debi talks to Jason in New Jersey—a man who grew up with some kind of faith, seemed to lose whatever he had, and now has questions as to whether any of it is with it at all. After talking to Jason, Debi talks with Pastor Bruce Hillman, also from New Jersey, about Jason's plight. Pastor Hillman is an exceptionally well-read and fun conversation, and he and Debi discuss reasons for leaving, for doubting, but ultimately resting in Christ Alone.
  2. In this episode, Debi talks to Brian, a young man who has had experiences with megachurches and a celebrity pastor- he had a conversion experience and seemed to be doing everything right, and then the wheels fall off. After listening to this interview, Debi discusses Brian's situation (and those many who have similar stories) with the Reverend Bob Hiller of 1517's own the "Craft of Preaching" and "You Are Forgiven."
  3. On this special bonus episode, Debi (and producer Dan) talk with Nickolas Butler. Nik is the best selling author whose recent book "Little Faith" deals with faith, church, family, and loss. Both Debi and Dan read the book and wondered, "What kind of relationship Butler has with the church?" And so Debi contacted him, and he was willing to come on the show and talk about the book and his complicated faith.
  4. In this episode, Debi talks with our new friend Matt about his troubled relationship with the church. She then talks with RJ Grunewald.
  5. This episode is with our new friend Jake who has left the church, then Debi talks with Donavon Riley.
  6. In this episode, we talk with our new friend Dana who has had issues with the church. After Debi talks with Dana, she talks with author Chad Bird from 1517.
  7. On this episode we wrap up season 1 with the Rev. Sarah Condon who is coming to us from Houston (right after Hurricane Harvey in 2017) by way of the American South. Condon talks about some dark times, a hopeful doctrine, and has plenty of stories to illustrate this last doctrine of the Creed. Debi and Dan spend a little bit of time in this episode reflecting on the first season of the show.
  8. On episode 6 we heard from Dr. Mike Horton on the resurrection of Jesus and the hope it gives us. On this episode, our good friend from Mockingbird ministries, Dave Zahl, helped us think through the final resurrection, our human flesh and the Gospel truths that this clause has to teach us.
  9. All of these episodes should be personal, to some extent. After all, these aren't static, other-worldly doctrines but we are dealing with the message of life itself. But there is something especially personal about taking the whole theological enterprise and focusing it on your own particular problem: sin. And not abstract sin, but the real stuff.
  10. You say "Catholic" church, I say "Christian" church. This clause of the creed is sometimes changed in Protestant churches to keep people from being confused, but we think you can handle the original, rich meaning of the term instead of a sectarian interpretation. The Rev. Del Campbell, who could have filled two episodes with stories and anecdotes, joined the show to discuss the gospel hope found in this clause.