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Less aggro, more conversation.

Is it even possible to have a deep discussion without it descending into chaos? Michael Jensen and Megan Powell du Toit think yes, and want to show the rest of us how to do it.

There’s plenty of things they disagree on: free will, feminism, where you should send your kids to school and what type of church you should go to. But there are also plenty of other things that they have in common. They want to talk about all these things with conviction. But they also… Continue Reading >>
Less aggro, more conversation.

Is it even possible to have a deep discussion without it descending into chaos? Michael Jensen and Megan Powell du Toit think yes, and want to show the rest of us how to do it.

There’s plenty of things they disagree on: free will, feminism, where you should send your kids to school and what type of church you should go to. But there are also plenty of other things that they have in common. They want to talk about all these things with conviction. But they also want the conversation to be constructive. Tune in to find out if that’s possible. << Show Less
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A Christian Nation? In this episode, Megan Powell du Toit and Michael Jensen are talking about Christian Nationalism. Nationalism promotes the distinctiveness of the people of a nation. Christian nationalism goes one step further, defining a nation by its faith, and maintaining it should be protected by the state, enshrined in its laws, and actively maintained.But is this so? Is Christian Nationalism even compatible with the Christian faith? In a western society that is often spoken of as Post-Christian, the relationship between Christianity and the State has become an increasingly vexed issue. Michael and Megan start their investigation by reviewing a documentary that seeks to look at how this is playing out in US evangelicalism. Moving on, they discuss whether Christian Nationalism is a problem in an Australian context. Then it's your chance to shape the show - a question and answer session on Australian evangelicalism and what the WADR team think about where it is going.LINKSAfter the highly successful “In the footsteps of the Reformers” tour through the Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland and the UK. Faith Journeys is launching its latest tour “In the footsteps of Saint Paul”, travelling across Turkey, Greece & Italy from 25th April – 9th May 2023. The tour starts in Istanbul and makes its way through to Greece before ending in Rome. Daily devotions, a pilgrimage handbook and study guide assist with exploring the works, teachings and journeys of St Paul while travelling with like-minded individuals. You also have a Tour Manager throughout who looks after all travel logistics with exclusive local tour guides who all work alongside Michael Jensen to create an immersive touring experience. If you're interested in joining Michael on his instructive tour of early church locations, then you can find out everything you need to know at www.faithjourneys.com.au or by emailing info@faithjourneys.com.au.If you'd like to help Michael and Megan continue to deliver With All Due Respect each fortnight, why not make a donation?With All Due Respect is the podcast for The WADR Project.
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A Christian Nation? In this episode, Megan Powell du Toit and Michael Jensen are talking about Christian Nationalism. Nationalism promotes the distinctiveness of the people of a nation. Christian nationalism goes one step further, defining a nation by its faith, and maintaining it should be protected by the state, enshrined in its laws, and actively maintained.But is this so? Is Christian Nationalism even compatible with the Christian faith? In a western society that is often spoken of as Post-Christian, the relationship between Christianity and the State has become an increasingly vexed issue. Michael and Megan start their investigation by reviewing a documentary that seeks to look at how this is playing out in US evangelicalism. Moving on, they discuss whether Christian Nationalism is a problem in an Australian context. Then it's your chance to shape the show - a question and answer session on Australian evangelicalism and what the WADR team think about where it is going.LINKSAfter the highly successful “In the footsteps of the Reformers” tour through the Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland and the UK. Faith Journeys is launching its latest tour “In the footsteps of Saint Paul”, travelling across Turkey, Greece & Italy from 25th April – 9th May 2023. The tour starts in Istanbul and makes its way through to Greece before ending in Rome. Daily devotions, a pilgrimage handbook and study guide assist with exploring the works, teachings and journeys of St Paul while travelling with like-minded individuals. You also have a Tour Manager throughout who looks after all travel logistics with exclusive local tour guides who all work alongside Michael Jensen to create an immersive touring experience. If you're interested in joining Michael on his instructive tour of early church locations, then you can find out everything you need to know at www.faithjourneys.com.au or by emailing info@faithjourneys.com.au.If you'd like to help Michael and Megan continue to deliver With All Due Respect each fortnight, why not make a donation?With All Due Respect is the podcast for The WADR Project.
The Loneliness Epidemic While we have been dealing with a pandemic over the last couple of years, we have also been experiencing what some are calling a loneliness epidemic.Megan Powell du Toit and Michael Jensen discuss how this new struggle has been reported across many countries, particularly in their home country. The Ending Loneliness Together report says that one in four Australians are experiencing problematic levels of loneliness, with one in two Australians feeling lonelier due to the pandemic in 2020. Why is this so? Does it happen to Christians as much as anyone else, and how can we respond? Michael and Megan talk first about how loneliness might interact with faith, and then they invite Susan Mettes, behavioural scientist and author of The Loneliness Epidemic, on to the show to discuss how we can begin to deal with this challenge.Finally, the WADR team take a look at a comedy of loneliness, This Way Up. LINKSAfter the highly successful “In the footsteps of the Reformers” tour through the Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland and the UK. Faith Journeys is launching its latest tour “In the footsteps of Saint Paul”, travelling across Turkey, Greece & Italy from 25th April – 9th May 2023. The tour starts in Istanbul and makes its way through to Greece before ending in Rome. Daily devotions, a pilgrimage handbook and study guide assist with exploring the works, teachings and journeys of St Paul while travelling with like-minded individuals. You also have a Tour Manager throughout who looks after all travel logistics with exclusive local tour guides who all work alongside Michael Jensen to create an immersive touring experience. If you're interested in joining Michael on his instructive tour of early church locations, then you can find out everything you need to know at www.faithjourneys.com.au or by emailing info@faithjourneys.com.au. This is where you can find Susan Mettes' book, The Loneliness Epidemic: Why So Many of Us Feel Alone - and How Leaders Can Respond.If you'd like to help Michael and Megan continue to deliver With All Due Respect each fortnight, why not make a donation?With All Due Respect is the podcast for The WADR Project.
Evangelicals & Race In this episode, Megan Powell du Toit and Michael Jensen look at the vexed question of racism and the church. First up, they talk to African American pastor Thabiti Anaybwile about how he understands the way American evangelicalism has interacted with the question of racism. He has been a significant voice on this topic within conservative evangelicalism in the US. Then the WADR team come back to their Australian context to speak with pastor Grace Lung and her experience as an Australian-born Chinese woman within Australian churches and society. Finally, Michael and Megan finish with a review of a film that examines the experience of Indigenous students in an elite Anglican school environment.LINKSYou can find out more about Grace Lung's ministry and track down resources for understanding and dealing with racism on her website.If you'd like to help Michael and Megan continue to deliver With All Due Respect each fortnight, why not make a donation?With All Due Respect is the podcast for The WADR Project.
Fashion Most of us wear clothes every day - Michael Jensen and Megan Powell du Toit make a point of it! But as much as we might think we pay no attention to what we put on, most of us dress in accordance with the fashion of our day. And like it or not, what we wear communicates something about who we are. Very little thought is given over to Christian fashion. But the WADR team discover the one area that does get talked about is women dressing modestly - they immodestly think they have some helpful things to say on this. Michael and Megan then speak with a Christian fashion designer Neri Morris about how her job relates to her faith. And they finish with a recent documentary about fashion label Abercrombie & Fitch - White Hot.LINKSCheck out the Thread Harvest web site. You can hear more from Nerri over at her blog.And if you're in Sydney, don't forget to check out the Re-inspired shop in Parramatta.If you'd like to help Michael and Megan continue to deliver With All Due Respect each fortnight, why not make a donation?With All Due Respect is the podcast for The WADR Project.
Re-creation Creative acts - and creative people - have sometimes been given short shrift within evangelicalism. Creative work can be seen as less significant than the work of a pastor or evangelist. But on the other hand, the Bible begins with an act of creation - the first and greatest of all creative acts. So Megan Powell du Toit and Michael Jensen ask, 'Is creativity a waste of Christian time, or is it an essential vocation of the Christian?'In pursuit of an answer, the WADR team talk to the artist and cultural thinker Makoto Fujimura, who has written extensively about the intersection between the creative and theology. Then they finish with a look at a beautifully creative piece about a creative person - Oscar best picture winner CODA.LINKSMakoto Fujimura's new book, Art and Faith: A Theology of Making.If you'd like to help Michael and Megan continue to deliver With All Due Respect each fortnight, why not make a donation?With All Due Respect is the podcast for The WADR Project.
Show Me The Money In the run-up to this weekend's federal election, Megan Powell du Toit and Michael Jensen get all economical.Jesus famously said, "You cannot serve both God and money," or wealth, depending on the translation. While Christian scandals often involve abuse of sex or power, love of money seems to be the sin we often tolerate. Is that because Christians in the west have been living under capitalism for some time now? Capitalism gets quite a bad rap these days, so the WADR team asks, Is it the root of all evil? How should Christians relate to issues of money and ownership? Megan and Michael then talk to capitalism expert Professor Gordon Menzies from the University of Technology, Sydney, about how economics and faith might interrelate. And we finish the show with the television series that has been called a satire of late capitalism - Apple TV’s Severance. LINKSHere's where you can get a copy of Gordon Menzies book, Western Fundamentalism: Democracy, Sex and the Liberation of MankindIf you'd like to help Michael and Megan continue to deliver With All Due Respect each fortnight, why not make a donation?With All Due Respect is the podcast for The WADR Project.
The Leader's Ego Several books have recently been released on the problem of narcissism in the church. When we mix this with some high-profile examples of pastors gone wrong, the ego-centric leader becomes an important issue to consider. While we may not have evidence of legions of diagnosed clinical narcissists in the church, we can all point to church leaders with ego problems - not that surprising when church leadership can come with attached power and status.So, Megan Powell du Toit and Michael Jensen ask how do we deal with the potential ego problem of leadership? Step one: interview Professor David Starling about his research into New Testament approaches to leadership.Then the WADR team follow this up with a discussion on whether our whole approach to leadership is wrong, before finishing with a surprising movie on leadership, Disney's Encanto.If you'd like to help Michael and Megan continue to deliver With All Due Respect each fortnight then why not make a donation?With All Due Respect is the podcast for The WADR Project, and a proud member of the Undeceptions Network.
Black Sabbath Black Sabbath - old-school heavy metal band or day in the Christian calendar? The Saturday just before Easter Sunday has been called various names but that hasn't kept it top of mind in religious circles.It tends to be ignored by many Protestants, stuck awkwardly between the mourning of Good Friday and the joy of Easter Sunday.So Michael Jensen and Megan Powell du Toit ask what was going on in that gap? And what spiritual significance does it have to people of faith today? Then the WADR team reviews the TV series The Chosen, which tells the stories of the gospels, as well as filling in some other gaps.If you'd like to help Michael and Megan continue to deliver With All Due Respect each fortnight then why not make a donation?With All Due Respect is the podcast for The WADR Project, and a proud member of the Undeceptions Network.
Soul Searching Soul. It's a word that continues to have a lot of resonance. We look for a soul mate, we say something is good for the soul, we engage in some soul searching and we bare our souls to each other. None of us wants to be soulless. But what is a soul? Michael Jensen and Megan Powell du Toit discover that this is one subject even Christians, who are in the business of 'saving souls', are less clear on.The WADR team ask some searching questions - do we have a soul and what is it? - in For Argument's Sake. Then they look at Swansong, a recent movie that is perhaps, soulless. Finally, it's time to take a look at a book that Megan reckons is good for the soul - Anne of Green Gables.If you'd like to help Michael and Megan continue to deliver With All Due Respect each fortnight then why not make a donation? With All Due Respect is the podcast for The WADR Project, and a proud member of the Undeceptions Network.
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