Thinking Religion

A podcast about faith and the Bible

About the show

Thinking Religion is a podcast hosted by The Revs. Merianna Neely Harrelson and Sam Harrelson tackling various topics that deal with the intersection of religion, the Bible, faith, and culture.

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  • Episode 154: What's the Point?

    May 10th, 2019  |  35 mins 55 secs
    churches, culture

    Merianna and Sam discuss cultural transitions and how churches of all sizes and shapes are positioning themselves in the midst of societal shifts.

  • Episode 153: The Myth of Needed Experience

    May 2nd, 2019  |  59 mins 34 secs
    bible, chronicles, old testament, trump

    Merianna and Sam discuss the notion of generational divides in politics, mattress buying, and church attendance.

  • The Moral Checklist

    February 28th, 2019  |  49 mins
    asbury hills, bible, southern baptist, united methodist church

    Merianna and Sam discuss old friends, new parenting techniques while attempting to figure out what makes the church different from the garden club.

  • Episode 151: Debating Narrative Preaching

    February 22nd, 2019  |  39 mins 13 secs
    bible, narrative preaching, obama, preaching, united methodist church

    Merianna and Sam (and newborn Baby Girl) discuss insider language in denominations, the LGBTQ question facing the United Methodist Church, narrative preaching, and the difficulties of studying for a sermon in 2019 in the age of unlimited entertainment.

  • Episode 150: True Love Waits For Instagram Stories to Load

    February 13th, 2019  |  42 mins 56 secs
    #metoo, facebook, instagram, jesus, kris kristofferson, southern baptists, willie nelson

    Merianna and Sam tackle Instagram Stories, performative social media, and generational gender divides in reading the Scripture.

  • Episode 149: Insta Bible Study

    February 8th, 2019  |  44 mins 45 secs
    bible, bible study, new testament, old testament

    Merianna and Sam discuss Instagram Bible studies, reading the whole Bible in a year, and the search for authenticity in a time of societal shifts.

  • Episode 148: Faith Is a Boomerang

    August 21st, 2018  |  48 mins 34 secs
    bible, demythologizing, dialectical, genesis, gollwitzer, religion podcast

    The Rev. Lauren Larkin joins Sam to discuss birthing pangs in Genesis, the merits of demythologizing, and Dialectical Theology in the 21st Century.

  • Episode 147: Thinking Religion Again

    July 28th, 2018  |  4 mins 22 secs

    Ready for the next episode? Here we go! THINKING RELIGION is coming back in August :)

  • Episode 146: And In the End

    April 9th, 2018  |  29 mins 45 secs

    Dr. Thomas J. Whitley and The Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss things we pass down and the best way to sign off.

  • Episode 145: Thinking About the Term Partners

    March 29th, 2018  |  38 mins 36 secs
    discord, facebook, privilege, security, social media, twitter

    Dr. Thomas Whitley and The Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss the term "partners" in its modern context and whether or not it is performative for certain couples. That leads to a discussion about the role of social media in our lives if we could, in fact, delete Facebook.

  • Episode 144: Should Your Church Delete Its Facebook Page?

    March 20th, 2018  |  50 mins 18 secs
    church social media, facebook, instagram, twitter, whatsapp

    Dr. Thomas Whitley and The Rev. Samuel Harrelson discuss The Great Social Media Reckoning of 2018, broadcast media vs social media, why you need a website (and why your church needs a GOOD website), and the importance of bringing it all back home.

  • Episode 143: Boys Keep Swinging

    March 7th, 2018  |  50 mins 31 secs

    Dr. Thomas Whitley and the Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss boys' weekends, gender assumptions, the Documentary Hypothesis, the historicity of the Gospels, and Justice850.

  • Episode 142: "Too great of a religious hurry"

    March 1st, 2018  |  25 mins 36 secs

    Dr. Thomas Whitley and The Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss the fierce urgency of now, and why the church should be the gadflies of tension in a time of transition.

  • Episode 141: Could Jesus Read and Write?

    February 25th, 2018  |  52 mins 23 secs
    isaiah, jesus, literacy, new testament, old testament

    Dr. Thomas Whitley and the Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss British trivia shows, the concept of literacy in the ancient world, what accent Jesus might have had, and whether we now have historical proof of the prophet Isaiah.

  • Episode 140: Hermeneutic of Violence

    February 16th, 2018  |  54 mins 53 secs
    bible, parkland, trump

    Dr. Thomas Whitely and The Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss wearing Clerical Collars every day, our country's normalized hermeneutic of violence, and a new podcast.

  • Episode 139: Hiring Policy

    February 8th, 2018  |  57 mins 54 secs
    cooperative baptist fellowship, david bowie, elon musk, trump

    Dr. Thomas J. Whitley and The Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss beards, Life on Mars, and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's hiring policy (and past, present, future).