Sponsoring Conversations and Shout Outs

I have never owned a pair of Beats. When I was gifted my iPod years ago I used the provided earbuds. That was until just two years ago.

Patty gave me a set of LSTN headphones for Father’s Day. You can see how beautiful they are by checking out their sponsor ad in the right sidebar. Yes, /patheological/ has its first sponsor. Wait, first two sponsors.


Not only do these wood headphones leave me uninterested in Beats, but they are made by a for-purpose company.

LSTN is a for-purpose company based in Los Angeles, California. We believe what’s good for business should be good for the world. Our goal is to produce premium audio products and use proceeds from sales to change lives through the power of music. For every purchase, we help provide hearing aids to a person in need through our charity partner,  Starkey Hearing Foundation. 

In under 3 years, LSTN has been able to help give the gift of sound to over 20,000 people through your amazing support. We’re just getting started, stay tuned!  

Support LSTN as they support those who need the gift of hearing. When you get to the checkout, use the code: pathological. You will receive a discount on orders over $49.

There’s more . . .


Nothing says love like handmade. Oikoshandmade offers a variety of handmade crocheted items. They have even been commissioned to do special designs and projects. There is a story behind Oikonshandmade. Here is a bit,

Oikos means of an affinity, or tribe. The dream that is Oikos Handmade grew out of
my tribe. My mother’s creativity and willingness to teach, my husband’s support and
encouragement, my sister’s affirmation, combine to make this a project of our local tribe.
– Ragsdales, Marshells, Littletons. One of these days I will work my brother-in-love,
Jason, into the mix. My Dad helps with my website and copy for my various needs.

Support Oikoshandmade by using the code: pathological. You will receive a 10% discount on items in the story.

Upcoming Guests

Just this morning I connected with Philip Nation for a conversation on his new book on spiritual disciplines and missional living, published by Moody. Once I get through his book we will share a conversation with Philip.

March will bring conversations with David Fitch and Tony Jones. I also look forward to engaging Bill Walker III on the subject of his recent dissertation. And, I will be interviewing Tripp Fuller about his new book for the people on Christology.

You may have noticed the addition of the pop-up when you visit the site. If you subscribe to the email list, I will send you a copy of the first chapter of Tripp’s new book, Jesus: Lord, Liar, Lunatic, or just Freaking Awesome. If you already clicked past the pop-up, you may subscribe in the right sidebar.

I will be at an event next week and may be able to snag a number of in-person interviews. Stay tuned. If you have a suggestion for an interview, send it along in the comments or by email using the Contact Form.

Shout Outs

Years ago I quoted Walter Brueggemann on a blog post. I received an email or a comment, I cannot recall, asking how it was a Southern Baptist pastor would read, much less quote, Brueggemann. I replied that I think we should have diverse conversation partners.

If you pay careful attention to conservative critical commentaries, the author will generally engage with the most noted scholars in the particular field. Many times they may not share the conclusions but will certain find value in the material and take time to point it out. Cordoning off particular voices on the spectrum of Christian scholarship and leadership does little more than create a feedback loop and support confirmation bias.

/patheological/ is decidedly committed to diverse voices. It has been my personal life line.

So here is a link to the podcast where Walter Brueggemann talks about, The Strange Fidelity of God.

Another guest I hope to have on down the line is Thomas J. Oord. I recently finished his book, The Uncontrolling Love of God: An Open and Relational Account of Providence. Having received my understanding of providence from a different perspective, Oord’s book left me with much to consider. I offer a bit of that on the podcast.

As always, Thank you for reading and listening. You could also help us find greater access for interviews if you took the time to go over and rate the podcast on iTunes, subscribe to the podcast in iTunes or Stitcher, or your favorite podcast catcher. When I approach folks it is good to be able to share some stats.

About the Author
Husband to Patty. Daddy to Kimberly and Tommie. Grandpa Doc to Cohen, Max, Fox, and Marlee. Pastor to Snow Hill Baptist Church. Graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Reading. Photography. Golf. Colorado. Jeeping. Friend. The views and opinions expressed here are my own and should not be construed as representing the corporate views of the church I pastor.

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