So many of us have been given bad answers to good questions — questions about God, suffering, prayer, fate, science, justice, and more — often by people with pure intentions.

But we needn’t stop with those pat answers. You have permission to take both Christianity and the modern world very seriously, and this podcast will introduce you to people from across the Christian spectrum engaging these timeless and difficult questions in various ways


The Church of the Future? (#143) You Have Permission

Today my guest, Dr. Elaine Heath, joins me to discuss her five principles of 'What the Church of the Future Needs to Contain". Dr. Heath was the first woman dean of Duke Divinity School and is an author, speaker, pastor, and consultant. Along with her five principles, we cover the value of wisdom traditions, socio-political identity, and more. Elaine says, "Christianity is losing its swagger" and "the Church's mission [towards people] should be to go to Hell for them." Elaine's Website: Rescuing the Gospel from the Cowboys: Braiding Sweetgrass: Follow Dan on IG: Or Twitter: Faith deconstruction resources: Edited by Josh Gilbert ( — he is accepting more work!) Join the Patreon for exclusive episodes (and more) every month: Email about the "sliding scale" for the Patreon: YHP Patron-only FB group: Website: Join Dan's email list: Artwork by
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