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 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 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.