Holy Shit Pod

TheoLab Media

Religious institutions have groomed us to ask fewer questions and to be more fearful of difference. But questions give our lives meaning and help us understand more about God, ourselves, and the world. The Holy Shit Pod (THSP) is a jaw-dropping, belly-laughing conversation about the questions that many religious institutions avoid at all costs or fail to take seriously. With over 50 years of collective pastoral experience, Reverends Brandon T. Maxwell, Katie Ricks, and Samuel Lee White, III engage in candid conversations about faith, theology, healing from religious trauma, and becoming more fully human.

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In this episode, Brandon, Katie, and Sam welcome Natarsha back for a (follow-up) conversation about the devil, white supremacy, and what it means to refrain from making a habit out of evil. Church announcements: World Vasectomy Day 2021, Katie's COVID Corner, the Kyle Rittenhouse Acquittal, and Black pastors supporting Ahmaud Arbery's family. Support this podcast

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Nov 22

1 hr 1 min

This week, Sam and Brandon have an honest conversation about the devil. Who or what is the devil? Does s/he wear Prada? Is not believing in the devil a luxury or a necessity? Does social location matter as it relates to belief in the devil? Is Lord Voldemort the most accurate depiction of the devil in contemporary films? Church announcements: Daylight Savings Time Bites Aaron Rodgers Gives Vaccination a Middle Finger Harry Potter Turns Turns 20 Got questions (or statements)? Email holyshit@theolabmedia.com. We'd love to hear from you. Support this podcast

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Nov 16

46 min 8 sec

In this episode, the HSP hosts discuss the not-so-midterm elections, Joe Biden's infrastructure bill, and how critical race theory continues to be weaponized by the Republican party to reconnect with moderate, white voters. The Word of Pod features a conversation about preaching politics and why the Christian faith is necessarily political. https://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu// (Revised Common Lectionary) Support this podcast

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Nov 8

51 min 40 sec

The HSP crew talks about the Netflix hit series Squid Game and what the world's fascination with the drama may be teaching us about ourselves and others. (There will be spoilers!) Support this podcast

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Nov 1

48 min 40 sec

In this episode, Brandon and Katie welcome special guest cohost Natarsha Prince Sanders to talk about Colin Powell, Dave Chappelle's comedy special, and the role of the church (or the lack thereof) in our world today. Support this podcast

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Oct 25

50 min 5 sec

In this episode, Brandon, Katie, and Sam reflect on the tomfoolery of the last couple of weeks, including the https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/other/facebook-whistleblower-behind-major-leak-is-going-to-testify-in-europe/ar-AAPpeF3 (Facebook whistleblower), https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/donald-trumps-allies-are-going-to-make-america-great-again-again-seriously/ar-AAP9XDb (Trump's 2024 Presidential campaign), https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/tv/2021/09/30/xavier-prather-big-brother-in-season-23-finale/5934431001/ (Big Brother crowning its first Black winner), The Cookout, and https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/justice-department-presses-halt-texas-abortion-law-80538924 (the Texas Abortion Law). The group also revisits Katie's COVID Corner for an update on the state of the pandemic. (Are you an OG listener? If so, there may be a little somethin'-somethin' at the end of the episode for your listening pleasure.) Support this podcast

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Oct 18

54 min 18 sec

Brandon, Katie, and Sam try out podcasting and explore the question: what makes one thing sacred and another secular or profane? The episode includes an honest, irreverent conversation about the limitations of certain understandings of holiness and how holiness is actually about being more human or elevating the so-called worldly. Could authenticity be the highest form of holiness? (Spoiler alert: the answer is yes!) Support this podcast

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Oct 11

1 hr 6 min

Holy Shit Pod welcomes Rev. Corwin Malcolm Davis to discuss Lil Nas X's debut album, black queer visibility, and how to unlearn toxic white masculinity. Also, Brandon, Katie, and Sam discuss the R. Kelly trial and congresses challenge to Joe Biden's economic agenda. If you would like a transcript of today's episode, please email holyshit@theolabmedia.com. Support this podcast

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Oct 4

50 min 58 sec

In this episode, Brandon, Sam, and Katie respond to a listener question on soteriology, salvation, and Calvinism - i.e., what’s the point of preaching/evangelizing if only the sovereignly chosen are saved? Listen in as the HSP hosts challenge the core tenets of Calvinism and invite listeners to consider alternatives. CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/19/politics/texas-doctor-violated-abortion-ban/index.html (Texas Doctor Says He Violated the State's New Strict Abortion Law) (CNN) https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/dangerously-mutated-r1-covid-variant-detected-in-35-countries/ar-AAOKegI (New R.1 Variant Spreads in the United States) (Newsweek) https://www.indiablooms.com/world-details/USN/31319/pentagon-admits-august-29-drone-strike-in-kabul-left-10-civilians-dead.html (Pentagon Admits August 29 Attack Leaves Civilians Dead) (India Blooms) WORD OF POD: ON SALVATION, CALVINISM, AND HYPOCRISY If you would like a transcript of this episode, please email holyshit@theolabmedia.com. Support this podcast

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Sep 27

48 min 35 sec

In this episode, Brandon, Katie, and Sam discuss Lil Nas X's debut album and respond to a listener question from a friend of the pod in Cape Town, South Africa. What are the benefits of evangelism? Are there disadvantages? (Spoiler: yes, lots of disadvantages!) And are Christians merely projecting their behaviors on gay people? Or are gay people attempting to make gay disciples, Oprah style? You get homosexuality! You get homosexuality! Everyone gets homosexuality! (Spoiler: the gays are not evangelizing you!) To request a transcript of this episode, please email holyshit@theoloabmedia.com. Support this podcast

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Sep 20

45 min 24 sec

In this episode, Brandon, Katie, and Sam dig into the Texas Abortion Law, its impact on Roe v. Wade, and women's rights. CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS Lil Nas X is Having a Baby! https://www.phillytrib.com/entertainment/music/lil-nas-x-trolls-drake-with-album-pregnancy-announcement/article_b766c4ff-f894-5fc9-8752-c5ef41b1e00b.html (Philly Tribute): Lil Nas X Trolls Drake with Album 'Pregnancy' Announcement People: Lil Nas X Reveals He's Pregnant - with His Album - in Over-the-Top Announcement Photos https://news.yahoo.com/boosie-sexually-harassing-lil-nas-134320860.html (Yahoo! News): Boosie is Sexually Harassing Lil Nas X as Hip Hop Culture Enables It https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/benhenry/lil-nas-x-montero-album-pregnancy-photoshoot (Buzzfeed News): Lil Nas X Responds to the "Negative Energy" on Twitter Prayers for the People: Hurricane Ida Slammed the East Coast https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/amberjamieson/deaths-hurricane-ida-new-york-jersey (Buzzfeed News): At Least 45 People Are Dead After the Remnants of Hurrican Ida WORD OF POD FOR THE PEOPLE OF POD https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/07/world/americas/mexico-supreme-court-decriminalize-abortion.html (NY Times): Mexico's Supreme Court Votes to Decriminalize Abortion HuffPost: Texas Abortion Snitching Site Now Shares Host With Far-Right Extremists If you would like a transcript of this episode, please email holyshit@theolabmedia.com. Support this podcast

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Sep 13

52 min 42 sec

Brandon, Katie, and Sam discuss the meaning of work and the Great Resignation. Americans are leaving their jobs in droves - primarily, Gen Z and Millenials while the baby boomers continue clutching their desks. Listen in for a discussion about how the pandemic has exacerbated perennial issues with the American understanding of labor. CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS Weekly Baptisms Are Available for Parishioners Who Do Not Bathe Regularly https://www.thedailybeast.com/please-famous-white-people-stop-telling-us-you-dont-bathe (Daily Beast) | Please, Famous White People, Stop Telling Us You Don't Bathe https://www.businessinsider.in/science/health/news/celebrities-like-jake-gyllenhaal-have-spoken-out-about-how-little-they-bathe-thats-easier-to-say-if-youre-white-says-a-culture-studies-professor-/articleshow/85227768.cms (Business Insider) | Celebrities Have Spoken Out About How Little They Bathe. That's Easier If You're White https://www.salon.com/2021/08/17/celebrity-bathing-kutcher-kunis-gyllenhaal/ (Salon) | Why do we even care which celebrities bathe? An investigation. https://www.mic.com/p/bragging-about-not-bathing-your-kids-is-a-blatant-act-of-white-privilege-82757199 (Mic) | Bragging about not bathing your kids is a blatant act of white privilege Texas Abortion Law https://www.huffpost.com/entry/sotomayor-kagan-supreme-court-dissent-texas-abortion-ban_n_6130d37be4b0f1b9705da5e3 (HuffPost) | 'This Is Untenable': Supreme Court Liberals Slam Decision On Texas Abortion Ban https://www.npr.org/2021/09/02/1033048958/supreme-court-upholds-new-texas-abortion-law-for-now (NPR) | Supreme Court Upholds New Texas Abortion Law, For Now Whttps://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/biden-says-restrictive-texas-abortion-law-is-e2-80-98almost-un-american-e2-80-99-creates-e2-80-98vigilante-system-e2-80-99/ar-AAO4ApM (ashington Post) | Biden says restrictive Texas abortion law is 'almost un-American,' creates 'vigilante system.' WORD OF POD: ON THE GREAT RESIGNATION AND THE MEANING OF WORK The Text (Articles from Our Discussion) https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/careersandeducation/the-death-of-the-job/ar-AANH77N (Vox )| The Death of the Job https://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonwingard/2021/09/02/the-great-resignation-why-gen-z-is-leaving-the-workforce-in-drovesand-what-to-do-about-it/?sh=fd592fd5f870 (Forbes )| 'The Great Resignation': Why Gen Z Is Leaving the Workforce In Droves... And What to Do About It For Further Reading https://amzn.to/2Vl5E6H (Toni Morrison) | The Origin of Others https://amzn.to/3DVIpSe (Priscilla Murolo) | From the Folks Who Brought You the Weekend: A Short, Illustrated History of Labor in the United States https://amzn.to/3kY8OpC (Philip Dray) | There Is Power in a Union: The Epic Story of Labor in America https://amzn.to/3BM0Uqd (Claud Anderson) | Black Labor, White Wealth: The Search for Power and Economic Justice Please email holyshit@theolabmedia.com if you would like a transcript of this episode. Support this podcast

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Sep 6

54 min 46 sec

CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS (1) The House Passes the John Lewis Voting Rights Act https://www.npr.org/2021/08/24/1030746011/house-passes-john-lewis-voting-rights-act (NPR): The House Has Passed A Bill To Restore The Voting Rights Act https://www.cbsnews.com/news/john-lewis-voting-rights-advancement-act-bill-passes-house/ (CBS News): House Passes John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act on Party Lines https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/21/us/politics/democrats-voting-rights-supreme-court.html (NY Times): As Democrats Renew Voting Rights Push, Offsetting Roberts Court Is Top of Mind https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/01/politics/voting-rights-act-supreme-court-ruling/index.html (CNN): Supreme Court Says Arizona Limits Don’t Violate Voting Rights Act https://blavity.com/rep-joyce-beatty-speaks-out-after-being-arrested-at-us-capitol-you-cant-silence-me?source=related-content&category1=news&category2=politics (Blavity): Rep. Joyce Beatty Speaks Out After Being Arrested At U.S. Capitol: “You Can’t Silence Me.” (2) FDA Approves the Pfizer Vaccine + CDC Approves Booster Shots https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/us/covid-cases.html (NY Times): Coronavirus in the U.S.” Latest Map and Case Count https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/08/25/business/economy-stock-market-news#delta-airlines-covid-vaccine (NY Times): Delta Steps Up Pressure On Employees to Get Vaccinated https://www.cnbc.com/2021/08/19/cdc-director-says-we-might-not-need-annual-covid-boosters-after-third-shot.html?recirc=taboolainternal (CNBC): CDC Director Says We Might Not Need Annual COVID Boosters After Third Shot https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/fda-approves-first-covid-19-vaccine (FDA): FDA Approves First COVID19 Vaccine https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/florida-covid-cases-deaths-ron-desantis-mask-mandates-1216694/ (Rolling Stone): Floridians Turning on Ron DeSantis As COVID Deaths Hit Record High (3) The Milk Crate Challenge & the Nursing Ministry Google It. YouTube It. TikTok It. No, seriously - we don't have any links for you. WORD OF POD FOR THE PEOPLE OF POD Brandon, Katie, and Sam discuss the OnlyFans porn ban, the origins of sex work, and why your favorite bible character was a sex worker - because who wouldn't want to hear three pastors discuss sexually explicit content? NEW SEGMENT: THE FELLOWSHIP HALL / PARKING LOT Listen through the end of this episode for a new listener feedback segment. Today's Fellowship Hall includes a listener letter from South Africa. To request a transcript of this episode, email holyshit@theolabmedia.com. Support this podcast

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Aug 30

53 min 47 sec

CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS: Moderna Using COVID19 Research for HIV Vaccine Trials https://blavity.com/moderna-is-using-its-covid-19-research-to-spearhead-clinical-trials-for-hiv-vaccine?category1=news (Blavity): Moderna Using Its COVID19 Research To Spearhead Clinical Trials for HIV Vaccine https://www.them.us/story/moderna-begins-hiv-vaccine-trials-covid-19-research (Them.): Moderna Is About to Begin Trials for HIV Vaccine Based on COVID19 Research The Fall of Afghanistan https://www.npr.org/2021/08/17/1028481201/a-mission-to-give-afghans-democracy-became-a-bid-to-repair-americas-own (NPR): A Mission to Give Afghanistan Democracy Became a Bid to Repair America’s Own https://www.blavity.com/usain-bolt-sounds-good-and-ready-to-race-tyreek-hill-and-secure-his-super-bowl-ring?category1=news (Blavity): Disturbing Footage Shows Afghans Clinging to Moving Plan to Flee Country https://thegrio.com/2021/08/17/afghanistan-haiti-white-house-upside-down/ (The Grio): Crises in Afghanistan and Haiti Turn White House Upside Down: Sh*t Show https://www.nytimes.com/article/afghanistan-war-us.html (NY Times): The War in Afghanistan: How It Started, How It Is Ending https://www.huffpost.com/entry/taliban-says-women-can-work-study_n_611bd7c6e4b0c696810200d6 (HuffPost): Taliban Makes Vague Promise On Women’s Rights in First Press Conference WORD OF POD Brandon, Katie, and Sam discuss the role and meaning of sacred texts, biblical criticism, and leveling up your scripture reading practices. Email holyshit@theolabmedia.com to request a transcript of today's episode. Support this podcast

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Aug 23

59 min 51 sec

This week, Holy Shit Pod (HSP) hosts Brandon T. Maxwell, Katie Ricks, and Sam White respond to your voicemails, emails, and DMs for HSP's first listener feedback episode. CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-local-correspondents/the-vindication-of-andrew-cuomos-accusers (The New Yorker): The Vindication of Andrew Cuomo's Accusers https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/14/nyregion/andrew-cuomo-governor.html (NY Times): How Andrew Cuomo's Exit Tarnished a Legacy and Dimmed a Dynasty https://www.yalemedicine.org/news/5-things-to-know-delta-variant-covid (Yale): Five Things To Know About the Delta Variant https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/09/health/coronavirus-children-delta.html (NY Times): The Delta Variant Is Sending More Children to the Hospital. Are They Sicker, Too? https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2021/07/17/1017075240/delta-variant-is-spreading-fast-and-new-cases-are-rising-is-time-to-mask-up-agai (NPR): Delta Variant Is Surging. Here's What You Need To Know To Stay Safe https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/atlanta-mom-files-complaint-alleging-daughter-s-grade-school-segregated-n1276584 (NBC): Atlanta Mom Files Complaint Alleging Daughter's Grade School Segregated Black Students Email holyshit@theolabmedia.com to request a transcript of this episode. Support this podcast

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Aug 16

1 hr 16 min

Last week, Netflix released the much-anticipated documentary “https://www.salon.com/2021/08/03/pray-away-netflix-kristine-stolakis/ (Pray Away)” - wherein former leaders of the “pray the gay away” movement wrestle with the impact of their theological perspective and survivors reflect on their engagement with the organizations that espoused the harmful theologies. In this week's Word of Pod, Brandon, Katie, and Sam reflect on the documentary and share insights about how to create space for queer folks to flourish both within and beyond religious institutions. CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS The Delta Variant Leads to Surge in the United States https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/delta-variant-pushes-us-cases-hospitalizations-to-6-month-high/ar-AAN7bH5 (Reuters) | Delta Variant Pushes US Cases, Hospitalizations to Six-Month High https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/youre-60-percent-less-likely-162212823.html (Yahoo) | You're 60 Percent Less Likely to Get Sick From the Delta Variant If You Do This https://www.forbes.com/sites/joshuacohen/2021/08/09/delta-variant-waves--trajectory-bodes-poorly-for-the-us/?sh=72af66595bad (Forbes) | Delta Variant Wave's Trajectory Bodes Poorly For the US https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/biden-administration-sees-significant-rise-in-vaccinations-as-cases-surge/ar-AAMYTMI (The Hill) | Biden Administration Sees 'Significant' Rise in Vaccination as Cases Surge Florida and Texas Experience Surge in COVID19 Transmission https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/florida-and-texas-accounted-for-one-third-of-all-new-us-coronavirus-cases-last-week-white-house-says/ar-AAMRkwS (Yahoo) | Florida and Texas Accounted for One-Third of All New US Coronavirus Cases Last Week, White House Says https://thehill.com/homenews/media/563873-orlando-newspaper-knocks-desantis-for-texas-trip-amid-spike-in-florida-covid (The Hill) | Orlando Newspaper Knocks DeSantis for Texas Trip Amid Spike in Florida COVID19 Cases https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2021/08/04/florida-texas-hospitals-covid-unvaxxed-patients/5452766001/ (USA Today) | The Delta Variant is 'Ripping Through the Unvaccinated' and Crowding Hospitals in Florida, Texas This Week at the Olympics: Raven Saunders Gives Salute of Solidarity https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/aug/09/ioc-raven-saunders-hypocrisy-olympic-athletes-social-justice (The Guardian) | The IOC's Response to Raven Saunders Exposes Its Hypocrisy Around 'Political Neutrality' https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/olympics/2021/08/03/raven-saunders-grieving-mother/ (Washington Post) | Silver Medalist Raven Saunders Shares Grief Over the Death of Her Mother https://thegrio.com/2021/08/04/olympic-medalist-raven-saunders-mourns-mother/ (The Grio) | Olympic Medalist Raven Saunders Mourns Death of Mother https://blavity.com/olympian-raven-saunders-mourns-passing-of-her-mother?category1=news (Blavity )| Olympian Raven Saunders Mourns Passing of Her Mother Please email holyshit@theolabmedia.com to connect with us or receive a transcript of this episode. Support this podcast

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Aug 9

50 min 52 sec

In this episode, Whitney Bond joins Brandon for the Word of Pod, which includes a conversation about Lil Nas X and how his most recent antics give Black folks exactly what we need. Brandon, Sam, and Katie also discuss Simone Biles and the Democratic Party's probe into January 6 CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS Lil Nas X Joins Forces With the Bail Project https://blavity.com/lil-nas-x-joins-the-fight-against-cash-bail-raises-21000-for-the-bail-project-in-just-hours-with-new-song-industry-baby?category1=news (Blavity) | Lil Nas X Joins The Fight Against Cash Bail, Raises $21,000 For The Bail Project In Just Hours With New Song "Industry Baby" https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/lil-nas-xs-provocative-industry-baby-video-also-nod-bail-project-rcna1504 (NBC News) | Lil Nas X’s provocative ‘Industry Baby’ video is also a nod to the Bail ProjecT https://news.yahoo.com/lil-nas-x-father-responds-222306132.html (Yahoo) | Lil Nas X’s father responds to DaBabys homophobic rant: ‘Sit down’ https://bossip.com/2033160/daexcuses-dababy-tries-to-explain-his-homophobic-rant-gets-support-from-t-i-much-more-backlash-from-others/ (Bossip) | DaExcuses: DaBaby Tries to Explain His Homophobic Rant, Gets Support From T.I., Much More Backlask from OtherS https://thegrio.com/2021/07/28/dababy-homophobic-comments-insensitive/ (The Grio) | DaBaby caves, admits homophobic comments were ‘insensitive’ after backlash Simone Biles & the State of Black People’s Mental Health https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/olympics/simone-biles-withdraws-from-individual-all-around-to-focus-on-her-mental-health/ar-AAME6DX (ABC) | Simone Biles withdraws from individual all-around ‘to focus on her mental health’  https://sports.yahoo.com/if-simone-biles-criticism-doesnt-convince-you-black-women-shoulder-too-heavy-a-burden-what-will-080438150.html (Yahoo) | If Simone Biles criticism doesn’t convince you Black women shoulder too heavy a burden, what will? https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/olympics/us-olympian-simone-biles-withdrawal-from-the-team-final-reminds-us-that-shes-human-and-still-very-much-the-goat/ar-AAMD3I6 (CNN) | US Olympian Simone Biles’ withdrawal from the team final reminds us that she’s human - and still very much the GOAT The Democratic Party’s Probe Into January 6 https://thegrio.com/2021/07/27/capitol-officer-harry-dunn-racism-insurrection/ (The Grio) | Capitol Police officer Harry Dunn reminds us racism was at the core of the insurrection https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/democrats-kick-off-jan-6-probe-with-emotional-video-and-testimony/ar-AAMCsD5 (Politico) | ‘A medieval battle’: Officers reveal horrors they faced defending Capitol on January 6 https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-made-congressional-investigations-almost-impossible-this-time-is-different/ar-AAMEr2l (MSNBC) | Trump made congressional investigations impossible. This time is different. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/capitol-police-take-rare-turn-in-the-congressional-spotlight-during-jan-6-probe/ar-AAMD6tq (US News) | Capitol Police Take Rare Turn in the Congressional Spotlight During Jan. 6 Probe https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/27/politics/takeaways-january-6-committee/index.html (CNN) | Five takeaways from gripping officer testimony at the first January 6 hearing https://www.theroot.com/white-people-vs-everybody-1847322127 (The Root) | White People vs. Everybody EMAIL HOLYSHIT@THEOLABMEDIA.COM TO RECEIVE A TRANSCRIPT OF TODAY'S EPISODE. Support this podcast

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Aug 2

1 hr 7 min

Brandon T. Maxwell, Katie Ricks, and Sam White discuss Marla Gibbs receiving her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Lil Nas X's new song/music video, "Industry Baby." Then, the crew takes a deep dive into the #FreeBritney Movement and its implications for our understandings of personhood, religion, and agency. MARLA GIBBS & THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME CEREMONY https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/celebrities/2021/07/21/marla-gibbs-overheated-during-hollywood-walk-fame-ceremony/8047742002/ (USA Today): Marla Gibbs Doing Well After Nearly Fainting at Hollywood Walk of Fame Ceremony https://edition.cnn.com/2021/07/21/entertainment/marla-gibbs-fainting-walk-fame-trnd/index.html (CNN): Marla Gibba' Scary Moment At Her Hollywood Walk of Fame Unveiling https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68QGNXg0oI8 (YouTube): Tisha Campbell Gets Emotional At Marla Gibbs Walk of Fame Ceremony FREE LIL NAS X, INDUSTRY BABY https://www.salon.com/2021/07/24/lil-nas-x-industry-baby-review/ (Salon): The Liberating Pink Power of Lil Nas X's Trolling Continues in New Music Video "Industry Baby" https://variety.com/2021/music/news/lil-nas-x-strips-down-naked-jail-industry-baby-video-1235026303/ (Variety): Lil Nas X Strips Down for Provocative Jail-Themed 'Industry Baby' Video https://www.vulture.com/2021/07/lil-nas-x-industry-baby-video-jack-harlow.html (Vulture): Free Yourself From the Shackles of Modesty and Behold Lil Nas X's 'Industry Baby' https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/pride/9605827/lil-nas-x-the-bail-project-bail-x-fund/ (Billboard): Lil Nas X Teams Up WIth the Bail Project to Help End Cash Bail WIth 'Bail X Fund' To connect with The Holy Shit Pod, email holyshit@theolabmedia.com. Visit the TheoLab Media website to send us a voicemail. For a transcript of today's episode, please email podcast@theolabmedia.com. Support this podcast

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Jul 26

56 min 51 sec

This week, the THSP crew discusses what it means to honor our bodies by taking our physical health seriously. Pastor Sam shares a bit about his health journey and his years-long struggle with diabetes. Using Sam's journey as a lens, the cast also wrestles with health disparities in Black communities and how we can work together to shift our relationships to food and our bodies. Email The Holy Shit Pod https://theolabmedia.com/ (Talk to The Holy Shit Pod) (click the purple microphone in the bottom right-hand corner) Support this podcast

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Jul 19

54 min 42 sec

CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS This week, Brandon, Katie, and Sam discuss the proliferation of racist micro-and-macroaggressions leading up to the 2020 Summer Olympic Games, including https://www.nbcnews.com/news/sports/sha-carri-richardson-could-miss-olympics-after-failed-drug-test-n1272960 (the suspension of Sha'Carri Richardson) (NBC) and the https://www.cbsnews.com/news/swimming-cap-natural-hair-banned-tokyo-olympic-games-fina/ (banning of a swim cap designed for natural hair) (CBS). The church announcements also include discussions about thttps://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/07/magazine/lil-nas-x.html (he subversive joy of Lil Nas X's pop stardom) (NY Times) and https://www.npr.org/2021/07/08/1014047885/americas-white-christian-plurality-has-stopped-shrinking-a-new-study-finds (the shifting landscape of religion in America) (NPR). WORD OF POD FOR THE PEOPLE OF POD If your spiritual life were an Olympic sport, which would it be? This week's WOP is inspired by a question from TSHP listener Daniel from Georgia. After engaging the initial question, the TSHP cast discusses faith, spirituality, and learning to cultivate a relationship with God outside of church and Sunday morning. Please email us: holyshit@theolabmedia.com Follow THSP on https://www.instagram.com/theholyshitpod/ (Instagram), https://www.facebook.com/theholyshitpod (Facebook), and https://twitter.com/theholyshitpod (Twitter). Support this podcast

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Jul 12

59 min 12 sec

CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS This week's church announcements include a discussion about the Black TikTok Creator strike, Oli London's 'Transracial' identity, IKEA's new gay couches, the collapse of Champlain Towers, and the delta variant. WORD OF POD FOR THE PEOPLE OF POD Last week, Bill Cosby was released from prison after the state supreme court overturned his conviction. Brandon, Katie, and Sam discuss the importance of believing women, theories of justice, and whether or not we can still watch 'The Cosby Show' guilt-free. The discussion also includes an update on the latest social media feuds and faux pas between Phylicia Rashad and Black Twitter, Marc Lamont Hill, and Judge Joe Brown. BOOKS, ARTICLES, AND OTHER RESOURCES Book | https://amzn.to/3dIUjmC (No, You Shut Up: Speaking Truth to Power and Reclaiming America) | Symone D. Sanders Book | https://amzn.to/3qO6Pqh (Unbound: My Story of Liberation and the Birth of the Me Too Movement )| Tarana Burke (forthcoming) Book | https://amzn.to/3yp7am8 (The Moment: Standing Up to Bill Cosby, Speaking Up for Women) | Andrea Constand (forthcoming) NY Times | https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/30/arts/television/cosby-release-phylicia-rashad-response.html (Bill Cosby's Release Prompts Criticism From #MeToo, Praise From the Actress Phylicia Rashad) | Lauren McCarthy NY Times | https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/02/arts/television/andrea-constand-bill-cosby.html (Her Book Described Bringing Cosby to Justice. Then He Was Freed )| Melena Ryzik Newsweek | https://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/news/why-was-bill-cosby-released-conviction-was-overturned-for-this-reason/ar-AALEVEl (Why Was Bill Cosby Released?) | Emma Nolan Newsweek | https://www.newsweek.com/rachel-dolezal-defends-transracial-influencer-oli-london-1605930 (Rachel Dolezal Defends 'Transracial' Influencer Oli London) | Ryan Smith NY Times | https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/25/style/black-tiktok-strike.html (Are Black Creators Really On 'Strike' From TikTok?) | Taylor Lorenz & Laura Zornosa Support this podcast

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Jul 5

1 hr 9 min

CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS Brandon, Sam, and Katie talk about Val Demings and her quest to take Marco Rubio's US Senate seat, recent rifts in the Southern Baptist Convention, teaching critical race theory in schools, and the joys and sorrows of the outside opening back up. WORD OF POD FOR THE PEOPLE OF POD As Pride Month comes to a close, THSP wrestles with a question from one of Katie's favorite listeners: why should we take people's pronouns seriously? How do we destigmatize asking about pronouns and encourage people not to assume someone's pronouns based on our understanding of their gender presentation? If that sounds confusing, no worries! This conversation seeks to explain and empower everyone to live with more compassion and courage. BOOKS, ARTICLES, & OTHER RESOURCES Book | https://amzn.to/3hdv7pj (What's Your Pronoun?: Beyond He and She | Dennis Baron) Book | https://amzn.to/3xXZAP5 (Gender: Your Guide (A Gender Friendly Primer on What to Know, What to Say, and What to Do in the New Gender Culture | Lee Airton PhD) Book | https://amzn.to/3x4MWO4 (A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns | Archie Bongiovanni) New York Post | https://nypost.com/2021/06/09/val-demings-launches-democratic-bid-against-marco-rubio/ (Rep. Val Demings Launches Democratic Bid Against Sen. Marco Rubio | Steven Nelson) Salon | https://www.salon.com/2021/06/26/why-the-southern-baptist-convention-finally-rejected-trumpism_partner/ (Why the Southern Baptist Convention Finally Rejected Trumpism | Alex Henderson) Forbes |https://www.forbes.com/sites/alisondurkee/2021/06/15/return-to-life-as-we-know-it-new-york-california-drop-covid-19-restrictions/?sh=3d9853e37bb3 ( Return to Life As We Know It | Alison Durkee) CONNECT WITH THE HOLY SHIT POD & THEOLAB MEDIA Hit us up via email! https://theolabmedia.com/podcasts/holyshit (Send THSP a voice message) https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6JPwMnCPL9Mg7NOazxvEfL?si=2f99feb2a15b466b&nd=1 (Listen to the THSP Pride Playlist on Spotify) https://music.apple.com/us/playlist/pride-x-thsp/pl.u-PDb4YP5sJoxe63 (Listen to the THSP Pride Playlist on Apple Music) Support this podcast

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Jun 28

57 min 47 sec

CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS Brandon, Sam, and Katie share their thoughts on the new Juneteenth National Independence Day; Jimmy Carter, Barack Obama, and Black Music Month; and the resurrection of Tyler Perry's Madea for a new Netflix film. WORD OF POD FOR THE PEOPLE OF POD Now that Juneteenth is a federal holiday, what does this mean for modern-day plantation politics that still harm Black people in their everyday lives? The THSP cast shares their thoughts on the importance of not growing complacent and the necessity of relentlessly seeking freedom. BOOKS, ARTICLES, & OTHER RESOURCES Book | https://amzn.to/3gQvCHf (On Juneteenth | Annette Gordon-Reed ) Book | https://amzn.to/2TUILpj (Afropessimism | Frank Wilderson) Book | https://amzn.to/35HPPIU (An 8 Book Maya Angelou Collection | Maya Angelou) CNN | https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/17/us/iyw-juneteenth-activist-opal-lee/index.html (Grandmother of Juneteenth Celebrates Federal Holiday - But There Is More Work to Do | Ashley Vaughan) NMAAHC | https://nmaahc.si.edu/blog-post/celebrating-black-music-month (Celebrating Black Music Month) Variety | https://variety.com/2021/film/news/tyler-perry-madea-homecoming-netflix-1234990870/ (Tyler Perry Is Bringing Madea Back to Netflix for 12th Film, 'A Madea Homecoming' | Angelique Jackson) CONNECT WITH THE HOLY SHIT POD holyshit@theolabmedia.com https://theolabmedia.com/podcasts/holyshit (Send THSP a voice message) Support this podcast

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Jun 21

51 min 56 sec

CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS Brandon, Sam, and Katie share their thoughts on the rise in support for same-sex marriage, legalizing marijuana, and California's first openly gay State Supreme Court justice. WORD OF POD FOR THE PEOPLE OF POD Brandon is hella concerned that some people may be drawing a false equivalency between support for same-sex marriage and actually loving trans, nonbinary, and queer people. Brandon, Sam, and Katie discuss why churches are so late to conversations about sexuality and the full inclusion of LGBTQ+ humans in our religious communities. BOOKS, ARTICLES, & OTHER RESOURCES https://amzn.to/3wDq0pb (Changing Our Mind) | David Gushee (Book) https://amzn.to/3gGq1St (God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships )| Matthew Vines (Book) https://amzn.to/3gEf3OE (Unclobber: Rethinking Our Misuse of the Bible on Homosexuality) | Colby Martin (Book) https://reason.com/2021/06/09/america-loves-gay-marriage-and-weed/ (America Loves Gay Marriage (and Weed)) | Scott Shackford | Reason https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2021/06/sasha-issenbergs-engagement-how-same-sex-marriage-won.html (The Story of How Same-Sex Marriage Went From Fringe to Mainstream) | Ben Jacobs | New York Magazine https://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ny-same-sex-gay-marriages-unions-republicans-support-all-time-high-gallup-20210609-r4qgjcqjnnc7rol5pol2dqr4va-story.html (Majority of Republicans Now Support Same-Sex Marriage) | Muri Assunção | NY Daily News https://www.huffpost.com/entry/bible-gay-marriage_b_886102 (What Does the Bible Actually Say About Gay Marriage? )| Lee Jefferson | Huffpost CONNECT WITH THE HOLY SHIT POD holyshit@theolabmedia.com https://theolabmedia.com/podcasts/holyshit (Send THSP a voice message) Support this podcast

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Jun 14

50 min 54 sec

Brandon, Sam, and Katie discuss the political origins of Pride, the corporatization of pride, and how they plan to celebrate Pride Month this year. This week's church announcements include male teachers wearing skirts, the POSE series finale, and Billy Porter's greatness. GOOD READS | BOOKS https://amzn.to/2RsRNJo (Their Own Receive Them Not: African American Lesbians and Gays in Black Churches) | Horace L. Griffin https://amzn.to/3v0OWoX (Wrestling With God and Men: Homosexuality and the Jewish Tradition) | Steven Greenberg https://amzn.to/2T764Mx (We Are Everywhere: Protest, Power, and Pride in the History of Queer Liberation) | Matthew Riemer ARTICLES & OTHER RESOURCES https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/pose-series-finale-recap-billy-porter-fx-1234989297/ ('Pose' Series Finale Ends With a Heartbreaking Deah and Powerful Message: 'Ballroom is Love') | Danielle Turchiano | Variety https://nypost.com/2021/06/01/male-teachers-wear-skirts-in-support-of-expelled-student/ (Male Teachers Wear Skirts to School in Support of Expelled student | Hannah Sparks) | New York Post https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/celebrities/2021/05/19/pose-billy-porter-hiv-positive-breaks-silence-diagnosis/5161737001/ (Billy Porter Reveals He Is HIV-Positive, Breaking 14-Year Silence) | Jenna Ryu | USA Today CONNECT WITH THE HOLY SHIT POD Support this podcast

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Jun 7

1 hr 3 min

Brandon and Katie welcome Lisa Weaver, host of Healing Jephthah's Daughters, for a THSP / HJD mashup discussion about the expectations that are placed on women and how they can be death-dealing. BOOKS, ARTICLES, and OTHER RESOURCES https://amzn.to/2QUy1pW (Bad Girls of the Bible: Exploring Women of Questionable Virtue )| Barbara J. Essex https://amzn.to/3vtVb5s (What Matters Most: Ten Lessons in Living Passionately from the Song of Solomon) | Renita Weems https://amzn.to/2QUGPfs (Listening for God: A Minister's Journey Through Silence and Doubt )| Renita Weems https://amzn.to/34nrzes (Stories from Inner Space: Confessions of a Preacher Woman and Other Tales) | Claudette Anderson Copeland https://amzn.to/3oVaBxb (The Relational Self: Ethics & Therapy from a Black Church Perspective) | Archie Smith https://variety.com/2021/music/news/lil-nas-x-explains-snl-pants-splitting-wardrobe-malfunction-fallon-1234980911/#! (Lil Nas X Relives His 'SNL' Pants Splitting Wardrobe Malfunction) | Variety | Jem Aswad https://www.vulture.com/2021/05/lil-nas-x-is-his-own-guardian-angel-in-sun-goes-down-video.html (Lil Nas X Is His Own High-School Guardian Angel in New 'Sun Goes Down' Music Video )| Vulture | Halle Kiefer https://www.washingtonpost.com/media/2021/05/26/ap-wilder-firing/ (Associated Press Tells Staff It Made Mistakes in Firing of Emily Wilder) | Washington Post | Jeremy Barr https://hjd.captivate.fm/ (Listen to Healing Jephthah's Daughters) Support this podcast

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May 31

1 hr 13 min

Brandon, Katie, and Sam continue discussing Amazon Prime's new series, "Them," and the ways it highlights the traumas Black people experience through systemic oppression. This week's church announcements include the conflict in Palestine, national masturbation month, and mental health awareness month. BOOKS, ARTICLES, and OTHER RESOURCES https://amzn.to/3ffMMwM (The Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Very Short Introduction) | Martin Bunton https://amzn.to/3oKGvMJ (The Hundred Years War on Palestine) | Rashid Khalidi https://amzn.to/3uIXAc5 (Scenes of Subjugation: Terror, Slavery, and Self-Making in Nineteenth-Century America) | Saidiya Hartman https://amzn.to/3wfDLKb (Red, White, and Black: Cinema and the Structure of US Antagonisms) | Frank Wilderson https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2021/05/22/israeli-palestinian-west-bank-east-jerusalem/ (I'm Israeli. My Husband Is Palestinian. We Fear We Can Never Go Home) | Washington Post | Mya Guarnieri Jaradat https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/21/world/middleeast/palestinians-unrest-israel.html (Palestinian Anger With Israel Is Undimmed, Even With Battle Paused )| NY Times | Rami Nazzal and Vivian Yee https://tv.avclub.com/the-black-trauma-at-the-heart-of-little-marvin-s-them-i-1846621341 (The Black Trauma at the Heart of Little Marvin's Them is Relentless, but Not Gratuitous) | AV Club | M Shelly Conner 'https://www.npr.org/2021/04/08/984614649/them-the-trauma-the-trauma (Them': the Trauma, the Trauma) | NPR | Aisha Harris CONNECT WITH THE HOLY SHIT POD Support this podcast

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May 24

1 hr

Brandon, Katie, and Sam discuss Amazon Prime's recently released series, "Them," and how it highlights the horrors of being Black in America - both today and in the 1950s. But is the series truly art imitating life or degradation porn? Join the conversation: holyshit@theolabmedia.com Good Reads (Books) https://amzn.to/3bistg3 (Scripting the Black Masculine Body: Identity, Discourse, and Racial Politics in Popular Media) | Ronald Jackson https://amzn.to/3bistg3 (Reel to Real: Race, Class, and Sex at the Movies) | bell hooks https://amzn.to/3uIXAc5 (Scenes of Subjugation: Terror, Slavery, and Self-Making in Nineteenth-Century America) | Saidiya Hartman https://amzn.to/3wfDLKb (Red, White, and Black: Cinema and the Structure of US Antagonisms) | Frank Wilderson Shorter Reads & Other Opinions (Articles) https://tv.avclub.com/the-black-trauma-at-the-heart-of-little-marvin-s-them-i-1846621341 (The Black Trauma at the Heart of Little Marvin's Them is Relentless, but Not Gratuitous) | AV Club | M Shelly Conner 'https://www.npr.org/2021/04/08/984614649/them-the-trauma-the-trauma (Them': the Trauma, the Trauma) | NPR | Aisha Harris https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2021/04/10405476/amazon-prime-them-black-trauma-exploitation (Who Is Them For? Because It's Not Us) | Refinery29 | Ineye Komonibo https://www.vulture.com/article/review-them-amazon-series.html ('Them' is Pure Degradation Porn) | Vulture | Angelica Jade Bastién Support this podcast

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May 17

57 min 26 sec

This week, Brandon, Sam, and Katie discuss purity culture and its impact on the mental and sexual health of millennials and others. How do we develop healthy relationships with our bodies and sexualities? Listen in as the THSP cast share their personal backgrounds and more holistic ways to talk about sex. Book Recs https://amzn.to/3y2mR32 (Shameless: A Case for Not Feeling Bad About Feeling Good (About Sex)) | Nadia Bolz-Weber https://amzn.to/3oas7gD (Beyond Shame: Creating a Healthy Sex Life On Your Own Terms) | Matthias Roberts https://amzn.to/3eDTA7v (It's Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, and Sexual Health) | Robie Harris, Michael Emberley https://amzn.to/2Sw3zTu (It's So Amazing! A Book about Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Families) | Robie Harris, Michael Emberley Articles & Resources https://www.businessinsider.com/sex-recession-part-of-sex-drought-americans-2019-4 (The Millenial 'Sex Recession' Is Part of an Even Bigger Sex Drought Among Americans) | Business Insider https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/06/us/abstinence-pledge-evangelicals.html?referringSource=articleShare (How an Abstinence Pledge in the 90's Shamed a Generation of Evangelicals) | New York Times https://thesafezoneproject.com/resources/vocabulary/ (LGBTQ+ Vocabulary & Glossary of Terms) | The Safe Zone Project https://www.uua.org/re/owl (Our Whole Lives: Lifespan Sexuality Education) | Unitarian Universalist Association https://www.wearefamilycharleston.org/lgbt-glossary-az (LGBTQI+ Glossary of Terms) | We Are Family Charleston https://mlp.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/LGBTQ_Terminology_101.pdf (Common LGBTQ Definitions and Terms) | More Light Presbyterians Support this podcast

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May 10

1 hr 3 min

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and the THSP cast is kicking the month off with an honest conversation about spirituality and mental health. Listen in as Brandon, Katie, and Sam share their mental health autobiographies and discuss how one's spiritual and mental health are intricately interwined. Support this podcast

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May 3

1 hr 33 min

Last week, a jury found Derek Chauvin guilty of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd. The response around the country was mixed; some offered celebrations believing that justice had been served, while others decried the notion that justice was a possibility. In today's episode, Brandon, Sam, and Katie discuss the trial's outcome, Black people purchasing guns, and whether or not America is on its way to a race ware. https://amzn.to/3ezyVQs (Barbara Holmes, "Joy Unspeakable") https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/21/politics/george-floyd-nancy-pelosi-derek-chauvin/index.html (CNN | Nancy Pelosi's Stunningly Tone-Deaf Quote on George Floyd) https://www.npr.org/sections/trial-over-killing-of-george-floyd/2021/04/20/987777911/court-says-jury-has-reached-verdict-in-derek-chauvins-murder-trial (NPR | Derek Chauvin Found Guilty of George Floyd's Murder) Support this podcast

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Apr 26

1 hr 22 min

In the fall of 2020, then-Senator Kamala Harris remarked, "There is no vaccine against racism." The trial of George Floyd alongside the murders of Daunte Wright, Adam Toledo, Felycya Harris, six Asian women in Georgia, and many more have highlighted the truth of Vice President Harris's statement. In today's episode, Brandon, Sam, and Katie discuss the murder of Daunte Wright, the origins of the police force/state, and defunding the police. https://www.nytimes.com/article/daunte-wright-death-minnesota.html (NY Times | What to Know About the Death of Daunte Wright) https://time.com/4779112/police-history-origins/ (Time Magazine | How the US Got Its Police Force) https://medium.com/@BernetteSherman/the-connection-between-police-the-kkk-and-oppression-2ab5af032586 (Medium | The Connection Between Police, the KKK, and Oppression) https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/06/07/black-lives-matters-police-departments-have-long-history-racism/3128167001/ (USA Today | Police Forces Have A 400-Year History of Racism) https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/06/us/what-is-defund-police-trnd/index.html (CNN | THere's A Growing Call to Defund the Police. Here's What It Means) https://www.blackenterprise.com/a-judge-asked-harvard-to-find-out-why-so-many-black-residents-are-in-prison-guess-what-they-found/ (Black Enterprise | Harvard Has Figured Out Why So Many Black People Are In Prison) https://www.vox.com/2020/6/26/21303849/what-defund-the-police-really-means (Vox | What "Defund the Police" Really Means) https://www.vox.com/2021/4/14/22374196/calling-the-police-violence-alternatives (Vox | What to Do Instead of Calling the Police) https://www.vox.com/2020/12/3/22150452/obama-defund-the-police-snappy-slogan (Vox | Obama Criticizes 'Defund the Police' As A "Snappy Slogan") https://amzn.to/3ebGVai (Book | Facing the Abusing God | Lee Blumenthal) Support this podcast

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Apr 19

1 hr 9 min

Brandon and Katie explore domestic violence, the HBO Max Tina Turner documentary (Tina), National Geographic's Aretha Franklin documentary (Genius: Aretha), and Joe Biden's long-term commitment to ending violence against women. Lisa Weaver joins the conversation to share about TheoLab Media's new podcast, Healing Jephthah's Daughters. ARTICLES & OTHER RESOURCES https://hjd.captivate.fm/listen (Subscribe to Healing Jephthah's Daughters) | TheoLab Media https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/18/us/politics/biden-domestic-violence-policies.html?partner=slack&smid=sl-share (Biden’s Policies on Domestic Violence) | NY Times https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/18/us/politics/biden-domestic-violence-policies.html?partner=slack&smid=sl-share (Tina Turner’s Life Explored in New Documentary) | NPR https://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/what-to-watch/ct-ent-tina-turner-documentary-review-20210328-cyxthjtsxrautfcqtthyawph5a-story.html (‘Tina’ Review) | Chicago Tribune https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/18/arts/television/genius-aretha-review.html (‘Genius: Aretha’ Review )| NY Times DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RESOURCES https://www.womenshealth.gov/relationships-and-safety/get-help/state-resources (Domestic Violence Resources by State) https://www.thehotline.org/ (National Domestic Violence Hotline) https://ncadv.org/get-help (Get Help | National Coalition Against Domestic Violence) https://www.domesticshelters.org/ (Find a Domestic Violence Shelter Near You | Domestic Shelters Website) https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/sites/default/files/docs/vawa_factsheet.pdf (Fact Sheet | The Violence Against Women Act) https://compass.freefrom.org/ (FreeFrom | Compensation Compass for Cash Assistance Program) (Understand Your Options and How to Pursue Them) Support this podcast

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Apr 12

57 min 14 sec

In late March, Lil Nas X released a new single entitled "Montero (Call My By Your Name." The music video that accompanied the song received strong criticism from conservatives and evangelicals alike. In today's episode, the THSP cast discusses the Montero music video and how LNX stole Easter's thunder. The episode also includes brief reflections on the Derek Chauvin trial and rest as resistance. Read more below: ARTICLES & OTHER RESOURCES https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6swmTBVI83k (Montero (Call Me By Your Name)) | Lil Nas X https://nypost.com/2021/03/26/lil-nas-x-drops-new-video-fans-say-it-looks-familiar/ (Lil Nas X Gives Satan a Lapdance… )| New York Post https://www.buzzfeed.com/andriamoore/lil-nas-x-just-dropped-his-new-music-video-montero (In Montero, Lil Nas X Is Fully Embracing His Sexuality… ) | Buzzfeed https://ew.com/music/lil-nas-x-new-montero-call-me-by-your-name/ (Lil Nas X Takes a Stripper Pole To Hell… ) | Entertainment Weekly https://www.instagram.com/p/CM3i2RelCkK/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link (Lil Nas X Instagram Post )| Instagram CONNECT WITH THE HOLY SHIT POD Support this podcast

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Apr 5

1 hr 14 min

This week, the THSP crew discusses the ways that anti-intellectualism is harming Christian religious communities. Listen in as Katie, Sam, and Brandon discuss the relationship between critical thinking and deep feeling - and how a life of the mind can enrich one's emotional life and faith. Support this podcast

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Mar 29

1 hr 13 min

Brandon, Katie, and Sam discuss salvation, whiteness, and race in light of recent news that Georgia Republicans are attempting to suppress Black voters through age-old voter disenfranchisement strategies. The episode also includes a brief exploration of what it might take to liberate the Church and world from the God of white supremacy. Support this podcast

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Mar 22

1 hr 18 min

THSP welcomes Yolanda Norton for a conversation about womanist theology and what it means to place Black women at the center of what we call sacred. Yolanda is the founder and curator of the Beyoncé Mass - a womanist worship experience that uses Beyoncé's music to connect with people who feel disconnected from organized religion. BOOKS, ARTICLES, & OTHER RESOURCES https://amzn.to/2R0Xpuq (Beyoncé in Formation: Remixing Black Feminism) | Omise'eke Natasha Tinsley https://amzn.to/3exttPb (The Lemonade Reader) | Kinitra D. Brooks, Kameela L. Martin https://amzn.to/3y1oZYP (Katie's Canon: Womanism and the Soul of the Black Community) | Katie Geneva Canon https://www.beyoncemass.com/ (The Beyonce Mass) | Official Website https://www.huffpost.com/entry/this-california-church-is-hosting-a-beyonce-mass_n_5ad8c8f1e4b03c426dac52d1 (This California Church Is Hosting a Beyoncé Mass) | Huffpost https://www.ajc.com/politics/plan-to-limit-georgia-sunday-voting-disrupts-black-church-efforts/ARKWRBU7FRAR5LKSA5IY4JGAGA/ (Plan to Limit Sunday Voting Disrupts Black Church Efforts) | Atlanta Journal-Constitution CONNECT WITH THE HOLY SHIT POD Support this podcast

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Mar 15

1 hr 4 min

Recently, two Southern Baptist pastors compared VP Kamala Harris to Queen Jezebel. How did this highlight the roles that both racism and sexism continue to play in American society, the Church, and the world? What is necessary to bring about change - particularly in churches, which often go to the greatest lengths to further the oppression of women? Listen in as Brandon, Katie, and Sam reflect on these questions and more! BOOKS, ARTICLES, & OTHER RESOURCES https://amzn.to/3bib1s5 (Womanist Ethics & the Cultural Production of Evil) | Emilie Townes https://amzn.to/3uA63hH (In My Grandmother's House: Black Women, Faith, and the Stories We Inherit) | Yolanda Pierce https://amzn.to/3hfB6fe (Women, Race, & Class) | Angela Davis https://amzn.to/3evFgOe (The Will To Change: Men, Masculinity, and Love) | bell hooks https://amzn.to/3o2VjpK (Feminism Is for Everybody: Passionate Politics) | bell hooks https://amzn.to/3y08fl2 (New Black Man) | Mark Anthony Neal https://www.huffpost.com/entry/kamala-harris-jezebel-pastors_n_601d967fc5b68e068fbe2c22 (Southern Baptist Pastors Compare Kamala Harris To Bible's Queen Jezebel) | Huffpost https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/nation-politics/kamala-harris-a-jezebel-southern-baptist-leaders-insult-is-dangerous-experts-say/ (Kamala Harris a 'Jezebel'? Southern Baptist Leaders' Insult is Dangerous, Experts Say) | Seattle Times CONNECT WITH THE HOLY SHIT POD Support this podcast

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Mar 8

1 hr 8 min

Brandon, Katie, and Sam try out podcasting and explore the question: what makes one thing sacred and another secular or profane? The episode includes an honest, irreverent conversation about the limitations of certain understandings of holiness and how holiness is actually about being more human or elevating the so-called worldly. Could authenticity be the highest form of holiness? (Spoiler alert: the answer is yes!) Support this podcast

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Mar 1

1 hr 6 min

TheoLab Media presents The Holy Sh!t Pod: a wholly irreverent, irreverently holy conversation about spirituality, culture, and the things that make us human. Hosted by Brandon T. Maxwell, Katie Ricks, and Samuel Lee White, III. Support this podcast

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Feb 20

4 min 11 sec