Episode 134: What Millennials Leaving Tells Us About What Church Is Getting Wrong ... Pt. 1.

This week on The Graveyard Shift, Alan, Greg and Scott talk about Sam Eaton's recent FaithIt article entitled '59% of Millennials Raised in a Church Have Dropped Out ... And They're Trying To Tell Us Why.' It will come as no surprise that we ran out of time and had to cut this into two parts ... which tells you a lot in and of itself. Here's part one!

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Episode 133: The Habits of Highly Obnoxious People.

This week on The Graveyard Shift, Al, Greg and Scott discuss the habits of highly obnoxious people as laid out by Dianna Booher in HuffPost ... and try to figure out how many of these habits are guilty of! (It's most of them. They are guilty of most of them.)

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Episode 132: Snow Business and Show Business - The 2018 Oscar Special.

As Ireland recovers from the mayhem of what Canada would call 'a day in late spring', the lads talk about Ireland's obsession with bread and the Academy's obsession with The Shape of Water. As they do every year, they made predictions on the big winners and Scott scored the same amount he does every year despite only seeing one of the films. 

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Episode 131: TGI Friday's, 5, S Club 7 And Starting With 12.

After several weeks off-air, the lads are back with a conversation we recorded in February in which they cover bad youth group names, 90's throwbacks and growing movements from small groups. Listen below and tweet at us to join the conversation!

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Episode 130: ****hole Countries, 'The Benedict Option' & Pushing Past The Inner Clown.

Greg talks about his plan to go full mime in Berlin as he puts on his second-place game face while Alan is nominated for The Golden Cleric Award. Once we finish with that, we invent Daniel-Day Hasselhoff and talk about Donald Trump's recent controversial comments on '****hole countries' and the polarising reflections of Rod Dreher in the American Conservative. Join us as we discuss the issues this raises within Christianity and what it means for how we see and talk about others.

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Episode 129: Doubt, Deconstruction & An Autopsy of The Last Jedi. [SPOILER ALERT]

This week on the podcast, Al, Greg and Scott spend far too long arguing about the vices and virtues of The Last Jedi. Scott makes many convincing arguments about why the film is terrible but, then again, he also writes these blurbs.

Once that's over (around 18 mins for those who want to avoid it) they dive into their main topic: As a Christian, is doubt a healthy or an unhealthy part of our lives? In particular, they look at Bailey Jo Welch's article in Relevant, 'Are We Allowed To Ask God Questions?'

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Episode 128: 21st Century Marriages, #Grexit & Things To Stop Doing In 2018.

The lads are back after a Christmas break and discussing their plans for 2018! We talk about bad sermon puns, 21st century marriages, #Grexit and Zdravko Cvijetic's article in Medium about the '13 Things You Should Give Up If You Want To Be Successful.'

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Episode 127: Make Antrim Great Again.

This week on the podcast, Al, Greg and Scott discuss a recent Irish Times article about an Antrim church complex described as a 'self-contained holy village.' We talk about the strengths and weaknesses of this kind of model, the cultural differences that shape how we evaluate such things and what it means to bind ourselves to the fate of the wider community. But all that serious conversation takes a backseat to the brilliance of our Star Wars puns, #AskAbstractGreg and his Carol Service suit made of €100 notes.

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Episode 126: Surviving Christmas And Not Making A Mess Of It.

This week on the podcast, Alan, Greg and Scott discuss Jonathan Howe's 'Ten Tips For Churches At Christmas', community service, the war on Advent, the car that was broken into and the iPad Scott wished he had broken.

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Episode 125: Rejecting Exceptionalism & Embracing Mediocrity.

This week, Alan, Greg and Scott talk about the modern trend of telling kids that they are exceptional ... but surely some of us have to be average? It's a lot of pressure to be the best at everything. is that pressure harming us? Is it ok to just be ok at things?

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Episode 124: Halloween, Hell-Houses, Haunted Houses and Hallelujah Parties.

As the lads reflect on Halloween in Ireland, Alan, Greg and Scott talk about their experiences of Halloween in Christian culture — from awesome haunted houses to terrifying hell houses to cringey Hallelujah parties!

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Episode 123: Beauty, Truth, Empiricism & Intuition with 'Science Mike' McHargue.

This week, Al, Greg and Scott got the chance to hang out with 'Science Mike' McHargue who was in Ireland speaking at Rubicon and in UCD. They talked about neuroscience, beauty, empiricism, intuition, the power of profanity and how to seek out truth.

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Episode 121: Return Of The Mark.

In this week's episode, Alan, Greg and Scott talk about the reaction to Mark Driscoll's return to public ministry and his platform on the Patheos blog. The news has provoked a variety of responses (both positive and negative) but the lads focus on Martin Saunders' passionate article in Christian Today and explore what it teaches us about ministry, leadership, redemption and starting over. 

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Episode 120: Retreats With Munkle.

In Episode 120, the lads were supposed to be talking about something completely different but ended up grilling Greg about the retreat he was about to go on, why it's so important and how we can all do it — even beginners!

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Episode 119: Public And Private Faith On Its Knees

On September 24th, Michael Frost wrote a brilliant article in The Washington Post about 'Christianity On Its Knees' as he juxtaposed the faith and practice of Tim Tebow and Colin Kaepernick. For Alan, Greg and Scott, it raised the question of what kind of public faith is acceptable in the world today and what kind of practice should we aspire to?

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Episode 117: The Irish State and the State of Ireland.

This week on The Graveyard Shift, the lads talk about Fintan O'Toole's fascinating article in The Irish Times called, 'The State of Us.' We explore his deep dive into the way in which we collectively understand our story in Ireland and what it means for life, community and church.

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Episode 116: Marmalade, Sausages, Wonder & Insecurity.

This week, Alan, Greg and Scott talk about bad movies, worse food combinations and how to face, evaluate and respond to big life changes. The second part of the podcast is definitely insightful. We make no promises about the first half.

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