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2: Emotion, prayer and comedy

EPISODE: 2

Emotion, prayer and comedy

with Michael Jensen and Megan Powell du Toit

On social justice and the gospel, Lisa Sharon Harper’s ‘The Very Good Gospel’ and the music of Hozier.

Michael and Megan disagree about the role emotion plays in theology (Michael edited a book on emotion, which you can find here). They argue about whether emotions are a source of theology, why (and if) evangelicals place so much emphasis on reason over emotion and Megan asks if it might be to do with the traditional view that men are more rational and women are more emotional.

If you weren’t already uncomfortable, in the Discomfort Zone, Michael challenges Megan to read a section of John Calvin’s Institutes on prayer which he says “transformed” his prayer life … but Megan isn’t too fussed with what she read. Instead, she offers a few books of her own on prayer that had a similar transformational effect (Prayer: finding the heart’s true home, Richard Foster and The Transforming Friendship: a guide to prayer, James Houston. She’s also currently reading A Praying Life, Paul Miller)

Then in Marg and Dave, Megan suggests they watch Nanette, Australian comedienne Hannah Gadsby’s stand-up performance for Netflix which has been heralded around the world.

WHAT IS WITH ALL DUE RESPECT?

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.

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