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Episode 19 — Heaven and the Afterlife

The Bible is not very concrete in its discussions about the afterlife. We have to deal mostly with metaphors and allegories. Perhaps the only straightforward declaration is “There will be no marriage or giving of marriage in heaven.” This means we don’t have much to go on except that it is clear that there will …

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Episode 17 “Salvation of the Individual”

In this episode, I ask Dr. Epperly if he’s “saved.” The ensuing conversation covers how we imagine the afterlife, and can it have this-worldly consequences? Is survival after death the most important thing in life, or is this life our calling, with survival after death a lesser motivation? Is our survival individual and grounded in …

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Episode 16 “What Is Salvation?”

Episode 16 — “The Meaning of Salvation” This podcast is the first of several we are devoting to the meaning of salvation. This separates many Christian communities today, even as it has throughout the millennia. It also determines our politics. How we look at who’s in and who’s out forms our basic outlook toward the …

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Episode 15 “The Mystic Within Us”

Mystics are often misunderstood. They are thought to be otherworldly and not suited for normal life, loners and outliers. Dr. Epperly would like to change that attitude and replace it with the realization that all people are mystics in varying degrees and can gain great advantage in the world by deepening that realization. Process thought …

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Episode 14 “Spiritual Decluttering”

We in American and in the West, generally, count a successful life as described in the bumper sticker, “The one with the most toys wins.” Accumulating the best and the most is our preoccupation in life. As Dr. Epperly explains, this leads to a stunted soul and the very opposite of the good life God …

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Process and Hope

Our episode on Process and Ecology examined the reality that the world is in serious trouble. The reality of the increasing danger of ecological disaster seems to be falling on deaf ears where it is most necessary to be heard. This can lead to hopelessness. In this episode, we discuss what Process Theology has to …

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Process and the Ecological Crisis

The world is waking up to the ecological disaster of global warming on the immediate horizon, but is it too late? Conservative Christians seem to think that it’s a non-issue since the world is to be destroyed anyway, and politicians care more about pleasing their corporate donors than clamping down on industries that are the …

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Episode 11 “Pluralism and Domestic Terrorism”

The recent events of domestic terrorism in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio bring important questions to the fore: What divides people today and why? And more urgently, what can be done to bring people together? Does Process Theology hold any insights that may help us answer these questions?

Episode 10 “The Power of Affirmative Faith”

Process affirms that we live in a world that is shaped not only by God but by humans as well. And that is for good or for ill. Dr. Epperly shows how our thoughts and affirmations become tipping points that lead us either into a healthy world or away from one.  We also delve into …

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Episode 9 “Does Prayer Make a Difference?”

Most everyone who prays believes that “prayer makes a difference.” Just how that is the case is the subject of this week’s episode. Dr. Epperly analyses the healing passages in Mark and finds that “faith” as a source is more than meets the eye. We also discuss the difference between healing and curing, the difference …

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