The F Word

with Matt Miofsky

Episode 23 // Rev. Dr. Dietra Wise Baker

June 15, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Episode 13 // Dr. Lauren Turek

March 28, 2021

In the wake of two mass shootings, Pastor Matt talks about how our faith ought to influence our politics around guns. And with the crisis at the border, we talk to Dr. Lauren Turek about how Christians have influenced US foreign policy.

Episode 12 // Kadi Cole

March 21, 2021

The church ought to be resisting misogyny and patriarchy, but often it has contributed to both. This has led at various times to the demonizing of women and an unwillingness to recognize their ability to lead. In this episode, we talk to Kadi Cole about the unique challenges women face in church leadership and how to cultivate more women leaders in our communities of faith.

Episode 11 // Cori Bush

March 14, 2021

She is a nurse, activist, pastor, and now US Representative from Missouri’s 1st District. This week I talk to Congresswoman Cori Bush about how faith has informed her work, her decision to run for office, and the policies she works for.

Episode 10 // Derek Webb

March 7, 2021

Many of us have had a complicated relationship with faith. Singer/songwriter and leader of a widely popular band Caedmon's Call, Derek Webb spent much time submersed in the Christian subculture of the 90s and 00s. But over time, as he pursued a solo career, his songs drifted outside the norms of what his record label wanted him to be talking about. His own relationship with faith began to be strained until he stopped identifying as Christian altogether. His story resonates with so many who find their relationship to Christianity... complicated. DerekWebb.com