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Beyond The Pale

Beyond the Pale is a subversively thoughtful exploration of God, faith, life and culture hosted by former pastors and missionaries Steve & Tammy Hackman. It's a podcast for that person who finds more fulfilment in the journey than in the destination and doesn't mind coloring outside the lines a bit! Join us each week as we travel on pilgrimage together. We'll ask questions, question answers, and open a bottle of wine with you as we do. (Not a particularly good wine mind you, just one Tammy says we can afford)
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Beyond the Pale is a subversively funny exploration of God, faith, church, and culture hosted by former pastors and missionaries Steve & Tammy Hackman. It's a podcast for that person who wants to know God but sometimes wonders why their favorite moment of a Sunday service is when it's finally over. Join us each week as we journey on pilgrimmage together. We'll ask questions, question answers, and open a bottle of wine with you as we do. (Not a particularly good wine mind you, just one Tammy says we can afford)

Mar 26, 2017

Steve & Tammy celebrate Beyond the Pale's first year exploring life and faith through the lens of pilgrimage.  Along the way the look at the highlights of 2016 as well as what 2017 has in store.  The episode is a reminder that Beyond the Pale is a resource for those who see faith as a journey and a reminder that you are not alone.

Mar 16, 2017

Steve Barker tells us how theology and even "loving God" can become exhausting and what we can do about it.  Along the way Steve suggests I view Matthew 5 "the old American way" and we close the show by discussing The Shack.

Show Index

9:15- Matthew 5 "the old American way"

13:05- Theology that is exhausting

25:35- "Loving Jesus" can be exhausting as well

29:40- Fear as a tool for control

33:44- How shame keeps us in line

36:24- Discussing The Shack

Mar 5, 2017

Former church pastor Steve Barker sits down with Steve & Tammy to share how he left the "Sunday morning church" in order to find church in the life and people around him.

Show Index

5:50- God's "clear" Biblical model?

11:15- How "no manipulation" changed everything

17:58- It's all about relationship

21:03- The current system ain't so bad

29:28- Tammy's thoughts on leaving church

37:22- Releasing control

40:59- New thoughts on "grace"

Feb 17, 2017

RTHK Radio 3 film critic James Marsh sits down with Steve to discuss this year's Oscar race, review the Best Picture nominees, and give his predictions of what films will be taking home the gold at the 89th Annual Academy Awards.

Show Index

8:06- Arrival

18:14- Fences

21:16 Hacksaw Ridge

25:37- Hell or High Water

30:50- Hidden Figures

36:11- La La Land

42:56- Lion

50:45- Manchester by the Sea

1:03:41- Moonlight

1:11:05- Best Actor

1:12:45- Best Actress

1:16:51- Best Supporting Actor

1:18:35- Best Supporting Actress

1:21:25- Best Director

Feb 10, 2017

Part 2 of our conversation with Dave Griffiths has Steve & Tammy discussing what Christians are actually basing their faith on and what effect that has on the church today.  We also examine the challenges and risks faced by those pioneer ministers who are wanting to step out and be part of this new frontier of church in the 21st Century however "Being the Change" sometimes comes with a price.

Show Notes

6:30- What are Christians basing their faith on?

12:40- Is there a generational change happening?

18:00- The risks of ministers wanting to be part of the change

22:30- The church is going to need leaders with day jobs

Feb 2, 2017

U.K. singer / songwriter Dave Griffiths sits down with Steve & Tammy on his recent visit to Hong Kong to chat about where the church is heading in these changing times.  Can the New Testament church begin to shake off it's dependency on Old Testament structures?

Show Index:

5:10- Liberal, Emergent, or Progressive church?

7:30- Shaking off the Old Testament structures

14:25- Tammy's thoughts

17:08- Can church manipulation ever be good?

19:30- Wonderwall...as worship?

24:45- Next steps for the church?

Jan 27, 2017

David Young returns and discusses with Steve & Tammy the ethics involved with physician assisted suicide and his personal views as a person living with a terminal illness.  Along the way they discuss the nature of suffering and whether someone should be able to choose to "die with dignity".

Show Index

4:23- Rationals for / against assisted suicide

9:28- Why legal positions are changing

17:38- Is there value to suffering?

17:56- Tammy's thoughts

26:20- Steve's hope

39:04- Physician Assisted Suicide unpacked

Jan 22, 2017

Roundtable discussion with Tammy and singer / songwriter Dave Griffiths as they discuss Donald Trump's inaugural speech and the challenges Christians may (or should) have with an "America First" agenda.

Jan 14, 2017

Former evangelical missionary Adam Benner talks with Steve on why the church frequently gives into the temptation to grasp for political power highlighting the recent American election as an example.

Show Index

4:40- American evangelical patriotism

15:35- Why evangelicals voted for Trump

23:32- Putting the American Kingdom first

36:43- Street cred needed to critique evangelicalism

Jan 2, 2017

Adam Benner shares his journey from right wing evangelical missionary to a more Christlike faith.  Along the way he discusses politics, American patriotism, and the challenge of a changing faith when your financial livelihood depends on the evangelical structure.

Show Notes:

4:22- Are Christ's teachings of secondary importance?

12:00- An evangelical childhood

28:48- Evangelical response to Adam's change of belief

29:21 When your income is dependant on your belief system

37:00- Old school evangelicals vs. a new generation

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