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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Episode 115: WE'RE BAAAACCCKKKK!

It's September and the lads are back on the podcast autopsying Alan's jokes, interrupting each other and discussing what they've learned this summer. Tune in on iTunes or Stitcher and join the conversation on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook!

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Episode 113: Christian Wrestling, Jesus As A Teen And Evangelism Gone Wrong.

This week, the lads discover that there is such a thing as the Christian Wrestling Federation and mildly lose their minds before debating whether or not this is distasteful because it's cheesy and Christian or because it's wrestling in general.

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(Readers Beware for the Above: The language and sentiment won't be to everyone's taste ... but we still believe in giving credit to the writer that pointed us in this direction.)

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Episode 112: The Difference Between Complaining and Critiquing.

This week, the lads dive into an article on whether or not there is a difference between complaining and critiquing, the importance of motivation and how to deal with both.

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Episode 111: 20 Most Ultimate Fails.

This week, Al, Greg and Scott talk about an article by Carlos Rodriquez on his '20 Most Ultimate Church Leadership Fails' and share which ones they are most prone to falling into. Talk prep, meeting pitfalls, loneliness, community and a debate over the word 'Kingdom'. Enjoy!

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Episode 110: Alan and Greg give Scott advice about married life.

This week, with Scott's wedding approaching, he peppers the lads with questions about married life, how different it is for every couple and things to know about the first year.

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Episode 109: The Power Of Comedy, Laughter and Jokes Gone Bad.

This week, Alan, Greg and Scott talk about the importance of humour, comedy and making people laugh. When perfectly judged, it can transform thoughts, perspectives and communities. When misjudged, the consequences can be dire! Make sure to listen to the very end for an outtake from when Scott was out of the room ... 

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Episode 108: The Problem with the Bible.

This week, Alan, Greg and Scott talk about a brilliant article by Brian Zahnd about the perspective from which we read the Bible and how easy it is to think we are the oppressed when we, in the Western world, are more likely to be the oppressor.

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Episode 107: Apple Stocks, 80's Christian Tees & Other Things We Would Tell Our 20-Year Old Selves.

This week, Alan, Greg and Scott talk about advice they would give their 20-year old selves. As always, it ranges from the ridiculous (Alan's Christian Tees) to the sublime (rarely).

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Episode 106: How We Became Experts in Humility And You Can Too.

In this week's episode, Alan, Greg and Scott talk about humility, something Peter Wehner calls 'a neglected Christian virtue.' The conversation spans everything from why we were not taught more about it growing up to what it means to struggle with it in our daily lives.

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Episode 105: What's The Worst That Could Happen If Greg Started A Mega-Church?

This week, Greg asks a question no one saw coming: 'What would be the worst thing that would happen if I started a megachurch?' Scott and Alan came up with a long list of worst case scenarios but it also raised some interesting points about small churches, megachurches, community, the values that we hold dear and what it means to be a Christian in Ireland.

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Episode 104: Good Friday Booze, Religious Survey Blues and the Irish Religious Apocalypse.

1 in 10 Irish people identify as non-religious, religious education is on the decline in schools and, from next year, you'll be able to buy alcohol in Ireland on Good Friday. Is this is a religious apocalypse?! Is it time to turn our churches into bomb shelters?! What does the future hold?! We don't know but we're happy to talk about it. 

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Episode 103: The Danger of Loneliness and the Difference Between Isolation & Solitude.

This week, the lads reflect on recent findings from the US Surgeon General that the most prevalent health issue in the US is not cancer, heart disease or obesity. It's loneliness. This leads to conversations about bonding, friendships and the crucial difference between isolation and solitude.

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Episode 102: Sovereignty, Suffering, Privilege and Participation.

This week, Alan, Greg and Scott talk about an article by John Pavlovitz called, 'Christian, Stop Telling Me God Is In Control' and discuss suffering, sovereignty, privilege and participation. 

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Episode 101: Church, Cliques, Community and Comfort.

This week, Alan, Greg and Scott respond to a listener question about how we deal with cliques in Christian community, the challenge of being aware of them, the struggle to dismantle them and the need to push past what keeps us comfortable.

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Episode 100: Tim Keller, Legacy and Leaving At The Top Of Your Game.

We finally recorded our 100th episode! Thanks so much for listening and being part of this podcast. We still can't believe we get to do this!

This week, we talked about an article by Krish Kandiah about Tim Keller leaving Redeemer Presbyterian in New York and the 5 lessons he has drawn from it. We also talk about the launch of the Nua Film Series and Alan dressing as St. Patrick for the town parade. 

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Special Feature: Tragedy in Tuam

:: Trigger Warning :: This episode contains conversations about abuse that some listeners may find traumatising or upsetting. If you think you might be adversely affected by such a conversation, it's probably best to give this one a miss.

Following the news that emerged recently of the discovery of human remains in Tuam, Co. Galway, Alan, Greg and Scott sat down with Dr. James Gallen to talk about Mother and Baby Homes, historical abuse in the Church and where we go from here as Christians.

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Episode 99: And The Winner Is ... Not Hacksaw Ridge, Alan.

In Episode 99, the lads talk about the 2017 Oscars and the predictions they made before the awards were announced. Highlights include our enjoyment of the La-La-Land and Moonlight mishap on the night, Alan's love for Hacksaw Ridge ... and Greg's 5-part dismantling of it.

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