It has been way, way too long since I last highlighted a theologian for the “Theologians that Rock” series here at DatingGod.org. I have not forgotten about the series, nor have I have abandoned the project, but instead found myself caught up in a number of several more pressing subjects that needed to be addressed. Nevertheless, the time has come for the latest installment of “Theologians that Rock” and this edition is a special one. It coincides with the recent release of the latest (and much anticipated due to an unfortunate delay) podcast of “Homebrewed Christianity.”

The return of the Homebrewed Christianity podcast after several weeks without a new release has allowed me to really appreciate the service that its two creators offer the world of theology, the academic and armchair varieties alike. Therefore, the latest “Theologian that Rocks” goes to Homebrewed Christianity and its two creators, Tripp Fuller and Chad Crawford

These two guys are both graduates of Wake Forest University Divinity School and are interested in both ministry and academic theology. Tripp is currently a graduate student at the Claremont Graduate University where he is working toward his doctorate in philosophy of religion and theology and Chad is currently a youth minister and an online communications manager for a nonprofit organization called Interfaith Power and Light, which is ecological in its focus, connecting the environment and religion.

The reason I’m adding them to the “Theologians that Rock” category stems from their stellar efforts to put out a semi-regular podcast that includes some of the best minds in theology today. Their guest list is impressive! The current episode features Jesuit Joseph Bracken, SJ, a renown process theologian and Trinitarian scholar. The conversation Tripp has with Bracken is simply great. This is not unusual for the podcast.

There is something about the setting of an informal interview with these leading thinkers that allows the theologians to offer insight into and reflection on their work that you wouldn’t have access to otherwise. For this reason Tripp and Chad are doing a real service to the theological world, whether you are an academic theologian engaged in scholarly research and teaching or what is commonly referred to as an “armchair theologian,” something of a hobbyist in the sacred sciences, this podcast is definitely worth your attention.

I have encouraged my students to listen to the podcast and even assigned one of the Elizabeth Johnson episodes to a few students last semester. I encourage all of you who read DatingGod.org to check it out and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. The variety of guests they have is impressive and the diversity adds a richness to the program.

Although I’ve teased Tripp and Chad before on this site about the low production quality of the podcast, it is not in the least an impediment to the outstanding product you get on your iPod each episode. The quality of the conversation compensates for the lack of quality in recording (the result, BTW, of graduate students and young adults who are on strapped for cash in production, yet make the podcast anyway…so if there are any wealthy readers/listeners out there that want to support the laudable effort of these guys, send some recording-equipment funds their way!).

That’s all I’ll say about Homebrewed Christianity — I think the podcast speaks for itself. Go over and check out their website, browse the archived episodes and subscribe to the podcast to check out the latest “Theologians that Rock!”

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