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01 Sep Ryan Bell: A Year Without God | What Does He Believe Now?

 

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A Year Without God?

 

Yup, at the end of 2013, former pastor Ryan Bell announced he was gonna “try on” atheism for a year. And boy, it didn’t take too long for the media to take notice.

 

So what made a life-long Christian, who pastored for nearly 20 years, do such a thing?

 

Well, it’s been over a year since his experiment began, and I had the opportunity to chat with him at his home in Pasadena, California.

 

So get ready … this episode is sure to get you thinking.

 

IN THIS EPISODE, RYAN ANSWERED THE FOLLOWING:

 

• What events led to your  “Year Without God”?
• What difference does God make?
• How do you respond to skeptics?
• Did you ever “pray” during your atheist experiment?
• Why not “A Year Without Christianity?” instead of God?
• Why atheism? Why not deism? Pantheism?
• How would you define the God you reject?
• How did your “year without God” affect your family?
• How did the atheist community influence your journey?
• Do you ever miss the old notion of God you used to have? (e.g., a loving father, provider)
• Do you ever feel like your religious years were all a waste?
• What would it take for you to believe in God again?

 

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LINKS AND RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

 

Ryan’s Bell Blog “A Year Without God”

Ryan’s Facebook

(FREE Audiobook Download) God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything 

Become a Patron and help support this podcast to keep it going (any amount helps!)

 

Thanks for Listening!

 

Thanks for chillin’ with me again this week. Have a question or some feedback you’d like to share? Or you wanna just show some love? Leave a comment below!

 

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of the post.

 

Also, I’d really appreciate it if you can leave me a REVIEW and RATING on iTunes by clicking here. It helps the podcast a lot and allows more people to discover it as well!

 

Then follow these steps:

 

1. Click “view in iTunes” button

2. Go to Ratings and Review.

 

Finally, don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to the podcast on iTunes to get automatic updates so you’ll never miss a show!

 

Thanks again. Peace!

 

(Image Description: Ryan Bell speaking at Oklahoma Freethought Convention 2015 | Author: FreeOK)

 

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26 Aug The Real Reasons Why We Believe | The Flipside Podcast #004

 

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What do you believe?

 

Wait a minute, let me ask that question again. What do you really believe?

 

In other words, have you ever claimed to “believe” in a particular idea or creed, yet in your heart, you really didn’t believe?

 

Or have you ever tried to believe in something because you were supposed to believe in it, yet in your mind, it didn’t make any sense to you at all?

 

IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL HEAR:

 

• The senior project on “Christianity” that changed my life
• Some possible reasons why we believe
• Whether or not we choose our beliefs
• How to recognize our blind spots
• How our environment influences our beliefs?
• Two powerful factors that impact a person’s belief
• Is a God who demands you to “believe or burn” being unfair?

 

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LINKS AND RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

 

FREE audiobook download + 30 day free trial at Audible.com (any book of your choice!)

 • Become a Patron and help support this podcast to keep it going (any amount helps!)

 

Thanks for Listening!

 

Thanks for chillin’ with me again this week. Have a question or some feedback you’d like to share? Or you wanna just show some love? Leave a comment below!

 

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of the post.

 

Also, I’d really appreciate it if you can leave me a REVIEW and RATING on iTunes by clicking here. It helps the podcast a lot and allows more people to discover it as well!

 

Then follow these steps:

 

1. Click “view in iTunes” button

2. Go to Ratings and Review.

 

Finally, don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to the podcast on iTunes to get automatic updates so you’ll never miss a show!

 

Thanks again. Peace!

 

(Image Description: Pope Francis among the people at St. Peter’s Square | Author: Edgar Jimenez)

 

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19 Aug The Hidden Message Behind Religion | The Flipside Podcast #003

 

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What is behind every message you hear?

 

In other words, what drives a person to share what they wanna share?

 

And once a person responds to a certain message, what motivates him or her to do what they do?

 

IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL HEAR:

 

• The sad (yet funny) story of when I was “left behind”
• How much of organized religion is running things
• The problem with the “good news”
• Why the so-called “unconditional” love of God is really conditional
• The different motivations for belief
• Why the “Christian” God is schizophrenic

 

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Thanks for Listening!

 

Thanks for chillin’ with me again this week. Have a question or some feedback you’d like to share? Or you wanna just show some love? Leave a comment below!

 

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of the post.

 

And if you believe in what I do and would like to support this podcast financially, consider becoming a patron today by going here: https://www.patreon.com/JoshuaTongol
 

Also, I’d really appreciate it if you can leave me a REVIEW and RATING on iTunes by clicking here. It helps the podcast a lot and allows more people to discover it as well!

 

Then follow these steps:

 

1. Click “view in iTunes” button

2. Go to Ratings and Review.

 

Finally, don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to the podcast on iTunes to get automatic updates so you’ll never miss a show!

 

Thanks again. Peace!

 

(Image Description: Mark Driscoll preaching at Mars Hill Church, set against a large backdrop that reads “Ten Commandments: set free to live free” | Author: Ruthanne Reid)

 

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14 Aug Let Me Share My Heart With You … Are You Willing?

 

Wasup everyone!

 

Before I tell you about a campaign I just started, let me give a little back story.

 

It all started with questioning.

 

For several years I was a traveling Christian speaker, teacher, pastor, evangelist, and missionary. I went to Bible school and even received two degrees in theology (B.A. & M.A). My goal at the time was to travel the world and defend the Christian faith as an apologist.

 

Now, I’ve always been the type to ask questions, but during those years as a missionary to the Philippines, I finally found the courage to sincerely question some of my fundamental beliefs as an evangelical Christian. And to be honest, it wasn’t easy.

 

But with all the nagging thoughts, genuine questions, and eye-opening experiences I was having, I just knew—in order to be true to myself—it was time for me to finally let some of my “beliefs” go.

 

Thankfully, because of my Youtube Channel (which has over 1 million views and counting), I’ve been able to share my spiritual journey with the rest of the online world. And I’ve produced more than 180+ FREE VIDEOS which have helped countless people recover from legalism and fear-based religion.

 

Yet, there was a price to pay … literally. Not only did I lose many of my close relationships within the religious community, but I lost a lot of financial support and opportunities as well.

 

But the lack of support and constant pushback from critics didn’t stop me from sharing my ideas. I eventually self-published two books called So You Thought You Knew and The Secret To Awesomeness.

 

And now I have this new project called The Flipside Podcast.

 

It’s the show where I ask the hard questions about God, religion, philosophy, faith, doubt, healing, pop-culture, and whatever else is on my mind!–boldly saying in public what many people are thinking in private. No pulling any punches. No sugar-coating. Just straight-up real talk!

 

What makes this so different from my previous videos/audios is that this time … it’s just me and you.

 

But I need your help.

 

Other than being a full-time activist, author and speaker, this podcast is my job. I’d love to focus more of my efforts on this powerful medium. And since I’ve been using the internet for many years for the purpose of spreading knowledge, I also know how expensive it is to produce and distribute quality content. (Up until now, everything I’ve created online has come out of my own pocket.)

 

Which is why I chose Patreon for my campaign. It makes it easy for you to support at any level you’re comfortable with, without any commitment. You can even change or cancel your donation at any time. In other words, think of it as tip jar where your giving says, “Hey, I appreciate what you’re doing!”

 

Not only will your support help with the audio podcast, but it’ll also provide for the production of future video content on the Joshua Tongol Youtube Channel.

 

So if you’re interested in supporting, click here.

 

If you decide not to give, don’t worry. The show will still be available to you absolutely free. But another way you can help is by leaving a review and rating on iTunes.

 

To those who have stood by me on this crazy journey … THANK YOU.

 

And to those who are new to the show … welcome to the conversation.

 

Much love,
Joshua Tongol

 

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06 Aug Religious Passion Without ComPassion | The Flipside Podcast #002

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Religion.

 

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear that word?

 

God?
Love?
Faith?

 

Have you ever had someone share their “religion” with you? If so, how was their approach?

 

Have you ever shared your ideas with someone else? If so, how was your approach?

 

Does a person’s approach even matter? Or is it all about a person’s content?

 

IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL HEAR:

 

• The incident of the two passionate men to who tried converting me
• A discussion about passion, truth, and sincerity
• Examples of ineffective approaches to conversations
• Whether it’s “right” or “wrong” to make judgments
• If tolerance is always the answer to disagreements

 

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LINKS AND RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

 

Brendon James’ Artwork

Russell Brand Interviews Westboro Baptist Church

 

Thanks for Listening!

 

Thanks for chillin’ with me again this week. Have a question or some feedback you’d like to share? Or you wanna just show some love? Leave a comment below!

 

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of the post.

 

Also, I’d really appreciate it if you can leave me a REVIEW and RATING on iTunes by clicking here. It helps the podcast a lot and allows more people to discover it as well!

 

Then follow these steps:

 

1. Click “view in iTunes” button

2. Go to Ratings and Review.

 

And finally, don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to the podcast on iTunes to get automatic updates so you’ll never miss a show!

 

Thanks again. Peace!

 

(Image Description: Members of the Westboro Baptist Church demonstrate at the Virginia Holocaust Museum on March 2, 2010 | Author: JCWilmore)

 

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30 Jul My New Podcast “The Flipside” Is Finally Here! Episode 1: Why I Started This Show…and Asking The Big “WHAT IF?”

 

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Yup, that’s right! I created a new podcast called The Flipside.

 

New title.

New style.

New everything.

 

Why? Well, you gotta listen to find out!

 

IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL HEAR:

 

• Why I decided to create a new podcast

• A bit of my journey (for all the newbies)

• Why I’ve been on the “down-low” these days

• My goal for the show

 

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LINKS AND RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

 

joshuatongol.com

• My books So You Thought You Knew and The Secret to Awesomeness

 

Thanks for Listening!

 

Thanks for chillin’ with me again this week. Have a question or some feedback you’d like to share? Or you wanna just show some love? Leave a comment below!

 

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of the post.

 

Also, I’d really appreciate it if you can leave me a REVIEW and RATING on iTunes by clicking here. It helps the podcast a lot and allows more people to discover it as well!

 

Then follow these steps:

 

1. Click “view in iTunes” button

2. Go to Ratings and Review. 

 

And finally, don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to the podcast on iTunes to get automatic updates so you’ll never miss a show!

 

Thanks again. Peace!

 

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26 Jul How The Bible Can Be Dangerous (And Why Many Christians Don’t See It) | Audiobook

 

Here’s a free chapter on “The Bible” from my audiobook So You Thought You Knew.

 

I started reading the Bible at a very young age. I was told what to think about it and also what to assume about it as well. This book has helped me in so many different ways as I was growing up. But to be honest, there were some things I didn’t understand. So what did I do? I kept many of my inner thoughts/questions to myself.

 

But everything changed once I began to question it out loud. This is my journey.

 

Here are a couple things that will get you thinking by listening to this audio:

 

• Is the Bible true (inerrant)?

• Why do so many believers love it, while so many unbelievers detest it?

• Have you ever read the Bible from cover to cover?

• Is the Bible the “Word of God”?

• Does God speak apart from the Bible?

 

If this audio helps you in any way, please share it with others.

 

*For the complete version of the book (paperback, kindle, audio), you can order it here:

 

Amazon
Audible

 

If you end up purchasing the complete book, I’d really appreciate it if you can RATE and REVIEW it. It only takes a few minutes. And it seriously helps a lot by allowing more people to discover the book as well.

 

Thanks again. And I hope this encourages you today.

 

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10 Jul Josh and Remy Go to the 626 Night Market 2015 – Fun Video Tour and Review + Laser Show – Here’s What To Expect (Vlog)

 

Once in awhile, aside from making teaching videos, my wife and I love making fun travel vlogs–hoping it will give our audience some options to where they could possibly travel to in the future. So this past weekend (4th of July) we attended the popular 626 Night Market in California. And if you’re the type who loves trying out different kinds of food (fusion, exotic), then this is the place to go!

 

Join us as we give you a FOOD TOUR, TIPS, and a glimpse of the amazing LASER SHOW!

 

And if you haven’t yet SUBSCRIBED to our new Josh and Remy Youtube channel, then you can do so by clicking here —-> Josh and Remy Channel

 

(On this channel, you’ll catch us doing a bunch of “normal” things in an entertaining way: from travel vlogging, giving marriage/relationship advice, sharing product and movie reviews, cooking/baking tutorials, suggesting food hot-spots, doing Youtube challenges…to pretty much whatever we do with our lives!!)

 

Sometimes you just gotta get out and have some fun! So we encourage you to do that today!

 

Much love,

 

Josh and Remy

 

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02 Jul This Message About GOD Will Change Your Life Forever (Very Liberating) | Audiobook

 

Here’s a free chapter on “God” from my audiobook So You Thought You Knew.

 

It’s a message for those who are feeling alone, questioning their faith, thinking God hates them, believing God is “far away,” frustrated with religion, struggling with guilt, etc.

 

If this audio helps you in any way, please share it with others.

 

*For the complete version of the book (paperback, kindle, audio), you can order it here:

 

Amazon
Audible

 

I hope this encourages you today.

 

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