Edward Blum, The Color of Christ, August 29 – September 4

The history of the United States could be defined as one of  racism.  Theologians have called racism America’s original sin.  Jesus is in the midst of it.  My guest, Dr. Edward J. Blum, co-author of The Color of Christ:  The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America, speaks to me about how the “whitening” of Christ in popular imagery symbolized our combustible divisions.  Dr. Blum will be in East Tennessee on the following dates to discuss race and religion.

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Thursday, August 29th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Sunday, September 1st at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, September 1st at 11 am on WHAN, 1430 AM/102.9 FM
Sunday, September 1st at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, September 2nd at 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, September 4th at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
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Joseph Bessler, A Scandalous Jesus (Part 2), August 22-28

I continue my conversation with Joseph Bessler, author of A Scandalous Jesus:  How Three Historic Quests Changed Theology for the Better.  This week we explore the “renewed quest” led by Robert Funk and the Jesus Seminar.  We explore the reasons for this quest and the forces that drove it.

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Thursday, August 22nd at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Sunday, August 25th at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, August 25th at 11 am on WHAN, 1430 AM/102.9 FM
Sunday, August 25th at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, August 26th 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, August 28th at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
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Joseph Bessler, A Scandalous Jesus (Part 1), August 15-21

This week we get behind the question of the historical Jesus and ask what is historic about these quests for the Jesus of history?  What was and is at stake?  Joseph Bessler is a theology professor at Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  He just published A Scandalous Jesus:  How Three Historic Quests Changed Theology for the Better.   He says that historic questions can be the most scandalous as they challenge assumptions governing societies.

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Thursday, August 15th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Sunday, August 18th at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, August 18th at 11 am on WHAN, 1430 AM/102.9 FM
Sunday, August 18th at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, August 19th 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, August 21st at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
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Thomas Hill and Barbara Augustine, Peacebuilding In Iraq, August 8-14

Thomas Hill is a Clinical Assistant Professor at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs, where he oversees the peacebuilding concentration within the Master of Science in Global Affairs program. Earlier in 2013 he took several students to the University of Duhok.  Dr. Hill and one of his students, Barbara Augustine spoke to me via skype from Iraq regarding their work and study particularly around issues of the effects of religious conversion on peacebuilding.

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Thursday, August 8th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Sunday, August 11th at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, August 11th at 11 am on WHAN, 1430 AM/102.9 FM
Sunday, August 11th at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, August 12th 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, August 14th at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
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David Felten, Living the Questions, August 1-6

David Felten and Jeff Proctor-Murphy are Methodist ministers who felt a need for resources for people and congregations who want to explore questions that most churches are unwilling to ask.   So they created the DVD series, Living the Questions.   They bring scholars and leaders to talk about matters of faith and scholarship that address real questions we all have.   They recently put some of these programs in book form by coauthoring Living the Questions: The Wisdom of Progressive Christianity.   David spent some time with me on Religion For Life to talk about questions that need asking!

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Thursday, August 1st at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Sunday, August 4th at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, August 4th at 11 am on WHAN, 1430 AM/102.9 FM
Sunday, August 4th at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, August 5th 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, August 7th at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
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