Crackers & Grape Juice

Curated and hosted by myself along my friends Jason Micheli and Morgan Guyton, this podcast endeavor hopes to make theological language accessible and to the non-theologian-types.

Why did we name our little project Crackers & Grape Juice?

‘Grape Juice’ because that’s the diabetes-inducing swill we’ve been serving at Christ’s Table ever since the United Methodist Women first foisted the prohibition movement upon America and tried to keep one of God’s very good things from His creatures.

‘Crackers’ because the three of us are all white dudes.

Our goal is not to dumb down topics of faith but not to talk about them with stained glass language either. In other words, we want to keep it real.

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Rod Dreher & The Benedict Option

Last week we had David Fitch on the podcast to talk about his book, Faithful Presence: Seven Disciplines That Shape the Church for Mission. This week’s episode about the Benedict Option is the yin to David’s yang. When Jason first told me Rod Dreher (that’s right, THAT Rod Dreher) of The American Conservative had agreed to…

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A Strangely Warmed Mother’s Day

Are you scheduled to preach this weekend? Forget about it! It’s Mother’s Day on Easter 5A, which means we throw the lections out the window and go with a Mother’s Day sermon. Easter 5A Lections: Acts 7:55-60, Psalm 31:1-5 & 15-16, 1 Peter 2:2-10, and John 14:1-14 Because we know you’re just now preparing your…

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Faithful Presence & The Fitch Option

Author and professor David Fitch joined Jason & Morgan to talk about “The Fitch Option” or the “Saint Patrick Option”, which is outlined in his new book, Faithful Presence: Seven Discipline That Shape the Church For Mission, on the latest episode of Crackers & Grape Juice. The opposite of the Benedict Option, David offers us…

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Self-Care Is a Requirement for Ministry

My friend Steve Austin, not of the Stone Cold variety, has one of the most compelling stories. We’ve shared his comeback from addiction and depression on Crackers and Grape Juice. Steve has convinced me that as a husband, father, and pastor putting myself first isn’t necessary a bad thing. Steve has convinced me that self-care matters….

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Connecting Communities With Rabbi Hayim Herring 

A few weeks ago I had a chance to interview Rabbi Hayim Herring for an episode of Crackers & Grape Juice. At a time when our communities are more connected than ever, why is it that faith communities feel disconnected from one another and their larger community? Rabbi Hayim Herring, co-author of Leading Congregations and…

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Are You Strangely Warmed?

When Crackers & Grape Juice first started, Tony Jones argued the best option for a the title was, “Strangely Warmed.” Jason being Jason went against the better advice, withholding Tony’s suggesting to us, and we went with “Crackers & Grape Juice.” The past is in the past, and there is nothing we can do about it…

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Are Christians Bringing Sharia Law to America?

On the latest episode of Crackers and Grape Juice we talked travel bans, Islam, xenophobia, and Sharia law. Our guest, Mona, discusses the consequences President Trump’s Muslim travel ban has had and will have on her and our fellow Muslim American brothers and sisters. With all the talk of travel and immigration bans there have…

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The Story of God

James Younger, executive producer of National Geographic’s The Story of God with Morgan Freeman, joins the podcast to discuss faith, religion, and all things Story of God. The Story of God was a sponsor of Theology Beer Camp in sunny rain-soaked SoCal. To make this event even better Chapman Crafted brewed two special beers in honor of Morgan…

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Liturgy Is a Show

WARNING: I must warn you that this episode contains language that might upset some of you. While hanging out in L.A. for Theology Beer Camp, Jason and I were joined by Todd Littleton of the Patheological Podcast to interview a few of the featured camp speakers. Before this post gets moving I would be remiss…

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Calling for Prophetic Outrage

I met Amy Butler 3 or 4 years ago at a gathering hosted by Christy & Bryan Berghoef. The gathering was the beginning of the Convergence Movement, an organization seeking to generate a “just and generous Christian spirituality, embodying a new Christian ethos, and committed to action – for all people, the poor, the planet,…

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