Episode 27 // Melissa Florer-Bixler

August 31, 2021 • Rev. Matt Miofsky

My guest today is author and pastor Melissa Florer-Bixler. Melissa is the author of How to Have an Enemy: Righteous Anger and the Work of Peace, which looks closely at what the Bible says about enemies--who they are, what they do, and how Jesus and his followers responded to them. https://www.melissaflorerbixler.com/

Episode 26 // Charity Goodwin

July 6, 2021 • Rev. Matt Miofsky

Our guest this week needs no introduction to our church, The Gathering. However, if you don't know her, Charity Goodwin is the pastor of our Clayton site, a preacher, teacher, coach, and author. We talk about her book "Get Up," and the upcoming sermon series of the same name. charitygoodwin.com

Episode 25 // Barbara Phifer

June 29, 2021 • Rev. Matt Miofsky

My guest today is Representative Barbara Phifer, a democrat in Missouri House of Representatives for district 90. Prior to serving the Missouri legislature she was a United Methodist pastor, serving churches for 40 years. Her faith deeply roots her political activism and today I want to talk about that intersection.

Episode 24 // Kirk Weaver

June 22, 2021 • Rev. Matt Miofsky

In the midst of school and sports activities, lessons birthday parties, play dates, parents often wonder how they can make time for church, not just for themselves but for their kids. Many of us want to pass faith along to our kids and maybe we don’t know how to do that or where to find the time. Our guest today is Kirk Weaver and he has made his life‘s mission helping families teach faith to their kids and we’re going to talk about that today.

Episode 23 // Rev. Dr. Dietra Wise Baker

June 15, 2021 • Rev. Matt Miofsky

Our guest today is Rev. Dr. Dietra Wise Baker. Dr. Baker is an activist, a teacher, a community organizer, an anti-racist trainer, preacher, and now she brings all of that to bear in her new role as a professor at Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis.

Episode 22 // Colby Martin

June 8, 2021 • Rev. Matt Miofsky

Our guest this week is Colby Martin. He is an author, a podcaster, and a co-pastor of Sojourn Grace Collective. He has a story and a journey that a lot of us can resonate with. He experienced the rejection of mainstream Christianity but he found a new home in a more progressive form of Christianity. https://www.colbymartinonline.com/ https://sojourngrace.com/

Announcement // A Small Change

June 6, 2021 • Rev. Matt Miofsky

Today we announce a new time for The F Word: Conversations on Faith. If you've been listening, you're used to hearing us sometime in the afternoon on Sunday. Now look for us first thing in the morning each Tuesday for your commute! We can't wait to ride along with you.

Episode 21 // Bishop Deon K. Johnson

May 30, 2021 • Rev. Matt Miofsky

As the first openly gay black bishop in the 192 year old Episcopal Diocese of Missouri, Bishop Deon K. Johnson understands the importance of the church welcoming those it has often turned away.

Episode 20 // Dr. John Inazu

May 23, 2021 • Rev. Matt Miofsky

Most of us struggle to get along with people whose beliefs are so different from our own. Politics, religion, and social issues divide us now more than ever. In this episode, I talk to Dr. John Inazu, the Sally D. Danforth Distinguished Professor of Law and Religion at Washington University in St. Louis. His book Confident Pluralism is all about how to build bridges with people we disagree with while holding on deeply to our own beliefs. http://carverstl.org

Episode 19 // Bill Duvendack

May 16, 2021 • Rev. Matt Miofsky

Pastor Matt speaks with the Rev. Bill Duvendack, author, speaker, teacher, and a 30+ year practitioner and student of the western mysteries.

Episode 18 // Donn Sorensen

May 9, 2021 • Rev. Matt Miofsky

A brief history of Mother’s Day, and an interview with Donn Sorensen, author, speaker and healthcare executive. We talk about faith and leadership in the midst of COVID-19. https://donnsorensen.com/

Episode 17 // Jeff Allen

May 2, 2021 • Rev. Matt Miofsky

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, so this week Pastor Matt is speaking with Jeff Allen, host of the podcast Simple Mental Health and a mental health advocate. Jeff also happens to be the producer of The F Word! Plus Pastor Matt answers more of your questions. Check out the podcast Simple Mental Health at http://simplementalhealth.me

Episode 16 // Dr. Jessica Johnson

April 25, 2021 • Rev. Matt Miofsky

In this packed episode, Pastor Matt reflects on the guilty verdict of Derek Chauvin, and talks about the difference between accountability and justice. Then we will have a conversation with Dr. Jessica Johnson about Christian nationalism and the recent (and weird) critiques of Vice President Kamala Harris from evangelical pastors.

Episode 15 // Dr. Luther E. Smith, Jr.

April 18, 2021 • Rev. Matt Miofsky

Dr. Luther E. Smith, Jr. is Professor Emeritus of Church and Community at Candler School of Theology at Emory University. His current research focuses on the writings and correspondence of Howard Thurman, advocacy on behalf of children, and a spirituality of hope. Smith is an ordained elder in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.

Episode 14 // Chris Pondoff

April 11, 2021 • Rev. Matt Miofsky

Pastor Matt talks Easter, the promise of change, and the importance of seeking and accepting help from others. He interviews author, podcaster and addiction/recovery advocate Chris Pondoff and answers listener questions.