Life In The Gray
Is America A Christian Nation?

Is America A Christian Nation?

August 14, 2019

Is America more like Israel, God's chosen nation? Or like Babylon, an idolatrous empire? We assess the sins of America's past and present in this intense discussion featuring Casey Cook, the Wives, and even Derrick's daughter.

Is The Reformation Overrated?

Is The Reformation Overrated?

July 31, 2019

What begins with frustrations about the Protestant Reformers leads to a greater conversation about how we should really look at the heroes of our faith. This soft sequel to our hit episode "Calvinism" focuses less on theology and more on the actions of the Reformers themselves.

Let’s Talk About Sex!

Let’s Talk About Sex!

July 17, 2019

It's time to talk about sex and the church. We bring on our good friend Kelly Hoeft to examine the in's and out's of purity culture (whether it's healthy or toxic), and discuss how to navigate these topics without resorting to shame. Also listen in for Luther's experience growing up in purity culture, what it was like for Derrick to date his future wife, and Michelle's evening at a "purity banquet," along with popular analogies equating stickers with sex and roses to virginity. 

Is God Male, Female, Or Both?

Is God Male, Female, Or Both?

June 19, 2019

Inspired by a question asked by one of Derrick's students, we explore some of the awesome and beautiful language used in Scripture to describe God, though we don't agree on what it's all trying to say.

Can A Woman Be A Pastor? (Part 2)

Can A Woman Be A Pastor? (Part 2)

June 5, 2019

Continuing the discussion from our last episode, Luther and Michelle weigh in their thoughts on what Derrick and special guest Marina LaRusso shared regarding women in ministry. We also expand the conversation by discussing whether or not women should have authority over men in the workplace and the home.

* Thank you Salento Coffee of West Palm Beach for making the best Columbian Coffee in the area and for sponsoring our last few episodes. 

Can A Woman Be A Pastor? (Part 1)

Can A Woman Be A Pastor? (Part 1)

May 22, 2019

We deep dive into the historical context of Scripture to examine women's roles in the church, where our differing conclusions divide "The Gray." Joining the discussion is special guest Marina LaRusso, who is passionate about this topic.

Why The Hell Should I Stop Cussing?

Why The Hell Should I Stop Cussing?

May 8, 2019

Did biblical authors cuss? Should we be mindful of our word choices? We discuss the differences between cursing, cussing, and swearing, and why making such distinctions are helpful. Plus, we learn each others' favorite go-to cuss word.

Does Christian Music Suck?

Does Christian Music Suck?

April 24, 2019

If God is creative, then why is our worship of Him through music often formulaic, repetitive, and unoriginal? Is there even such a thing as "Christian" music? Are there any Christians making good music today? Michelle rejoins us to share her perspective as a worship leader and music lover.

Disagree with our music preferences? No sweat! Keep in mind that these are our opinions. 

How Is Our Worship Music Culturally Different?

How Is Our Worship Music Culturally Different?

April 10, 2019

We found an unreleased episode from the archives of our early days as a podcast. Luther and Derrick give their perspectives on the differences between "black" and "white" worship music. Michelle will be back next episode to share her thoughts on worship music and the relationship of Christianity with the arts.

Race In America: Audience Responses (LIVE)

Race In America: Audience Responses (LIVE)

March 27, 2019

In our final installment of our 'LIVE In The Gray' event, we give the audience an opportunity to respond to all that was said, and ask tough questions regarding race in a gracious atmosphere.

 

* Derrick references a statistic that approximately 80% of white, Conservative Evangelicals voted for Trump. When Derrick vaguely refers to the "80%" this is what he is referencing.