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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Oops!... The Devil Made Me Do It AgainThe Devil Made Me Wear PradaCritical Race Theory (Or, Why Whiteness Needs A Bogeyman)Let's Play Squid Game!Dave Chappelle's Netflix Controversy (Can Gay People Be Racist?)Make Laughter Great Again... AGAIN!On Being Human and Whole RevisitedThe Daily Scoop: Lessons in Being Black, Queer, and Visible with Lil Nas XWhy You Cannot Believe in God and CalvinismWhat is the Gay Agenda? Is It Kinda Like Evangelism?Lil Nas X v. Boosie , Roe v. Wade, and the People v. Texas
Sep 13 2021
52 mins
Sabbath All Day, Everyday: On Work, Labor... and (Not) Bathing
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
Sep 6 2021
54 mins
OnlyFans Pulls Out (On Sexually Explicit Content Ban)
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
Aug 30 2021
53 mins
On Afghanistan & Nation Building (Why Context Matters)
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
Aug 23 2021
59 mins
"God Don't Speak English..." (Listener Feedback)Pray the (Homophobia) Away
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
Aug 9 2021
50 mins
White People vs. Everybody + Whitney Bond Gives Us Black Queer Realness
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
Aug 2 2021
1 hr 7 mins
Free Lil Nas X. Free Britney. Free Yo'self.
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
Jul 26 2021
56 mins
Food & Faith | On Health Disparity and Why Black Health MattersThe Olympics Be Racist AF