Dave Griffiths and Rob Grayson return to Beyond the Pale to discuss what a healthy deconstruction and eventual reconstruction in faith might look like. Along the way we discuss Creeds, politics, racism, gender inequality, and why Christianity seems the one area where its OK to NOT grow up!
Get Ready to Go Beyond the Pale with Rob Grayson & Dave Griffiths!
1:20- Introduction with Steve & Tammy
5:25- Conversation begins
12:05- Race & Gender in 2020
14:46- Defining modernity and “post”- modernity
22:59- Do Creeds create a static world view?
33:45- Detaching our faith from politics
45:38- Is what you believe proven by how you live?
1:02:00- When Christians learn to grow up
My brother Andrew returns during a hot elections season to talk about the two subjects you aren't suppose to talk about in polite conversation; politics and religion.
Along the way we discuss abortion, nationalism, and spell Trump holds over many American Christians.
Get Ready To Go Beyond The Pale with Andrew Hackman!
Steve was interviewed on Hong Kong's Radio 3 "Morning Brew" show to discuss his 1,100 mile Via Francigena pilgrimage and the upcoming memoir chronicling the journey!
Actor Jason Tobin who stars in the hit TV show Warrior sits down with Steve & Tammy to share his acting journey; the highs, the lows, the frustrations, the lucky breaks, and the perseverance that helped get him to where he is now.
Along the way Jason shares what it was like to grow up in Hong Kong, the power of a teacher to inspire, his love of Story, and even our mutual desire to see Hong Kong's airport renamed Bruce Lee International.
Go Beyond the Pale with Jason Tobin!
8:14: Conversation with Jason begins
8:36- Stories from the set of the TV series Warrior
26:40: The Bruce Lee connection to Warrior
28:18: Working with The Fast & The Furious director Justin Lin
32:29: Growing up in Hong Kong
34:12- The power of an inspiring teacher
39:12- Moving to Los Angeles at 18
44:00- Starting at the bottom: Being an "Extra"
52:52- When your dreams imprison you
54:30- Love of martial arts
1:00:50- Becoming a filmmaker
1:12:13- Jason's belief in the power of story
Long time friend Kit Tso shares a meal with Steve & Tammy and with the help of a little Scotch and Irish whiskey discuss faith, humanity, God, and the advantages of bringing "reason" into one's spiritual journey.
Along the way Kit shares some funny anecdotes of riding a motorcycle from London to Belfast!
Go Beyond the Pale with Kit Tso!
3:40 Conversation with Kit starts
11:32 Driving a motorcycle to Belfast
25:04 What do we really believe?
38:46 Processing Faith
43:00 Circular or linear spiritual path?
53:00 Applying reason in faith
1:00:20 Connecting faith to real life
Gary Brightman is a Hong Kong based writer and filmmaker who shares his story of turning some of the dreams into realities. Dreams like moving to Hong Kong, attending film school, making documentaries, and finally opening Vibe, the coolest used book and vinyl record store in the city.
Go Beyond the Pale with Gary Brightman!
1:33- (Intro) Steve & Tammy discuss staycation in Hong Kong
8:28- Conversation with Gary Brightman begins
15:00- Gary is “bit” by the Hong Kong bug
19:42- Paying the bills vs. following your dream
21:08 - Going to film school
28:56- Opening a book and music store
31:02- “Vibe” as a community space
Vernon Pitout is an entrepreneur and business coach who has been a friend of Steve & Tammy for many years. On today's episode they reminisce on their spiritual journeys, discuss the pros and cons of leaders with a vision, and explore some of the challenges the church faces in the 21st century.
Go Beyond the Pale with Vernon Pitout!
1:30- (Intro) Steve & Tammy reminisce over the church they started 25 years ago as well as how to deal with the crazy of a polarised world. 21:24- Conversation with Vernon begins
24:48- Doing Good in Church but questions arise
35:38- Thoughts on Worship
43:16- God deals with everyone individually
50:53- Understanding real Freedom
1:04:04- The Pros and Cons of Visionary Leadership
Lori Marty has had a long journey. Growing up in a Pentecostal home she went on to become a missionary to Pakistan and eventually a Vice President at Word Entertainment, one of the largest Christian music companies in the world. However it was these experiences, along with others she shares that forced her to seriously re-examine her faith. In the process she traded her "certainty" in for "ambiguity" and has become much happier and content in the process.
Go Beyond the Pale with Lori Marty!
1:50- (Intro) Tammy discusses dealing with depression and mood
17:57- Conversation with Lori begins
19:18- Decluttering house
25:28- Evangelicalism: Weird…but Safe
29:14- How Lori inspired Steve to become a missionary
32:49- Experimenting with Calvinism
39:51- Positive Church community
47:23- Being taught not to trust non-Christian “experts”
50:50- Loving family who love Trump
56:52- Being a Vice President at Word Music
59:54- Why working with Christians can make you question Christianity
Kevin Miller is a screenwriter and filmmaker whose works encompass a number of documentaries including "Expelled" with Ben Stein and the film "Hellbound" which examined various Christian perspectives on the notions of hell. On today’s episode Kevin shares with Steve & Tammy about his faith Journey as well as his newly released documentary J.E.S.U.S.A which examines the roots of Christianity's age old alliance with nationalism, violence , and Empire.
Go Beyond the Pale with Kevin Miller!
1:42- (Intro with Steve & Tammy)
10:23- Kevin shares his faith journey background
20:47- How Kevin got into filmmaking
28:26- “Hellbound” and what’s the point of the Gospel with no hell
36:17- Kevin’s new film J.E.S.U.S.A. reminds Steve why he is still a Christian
47:23- Christian non-violence and the problems it presents
1:01:54 - Christianity’s entanglement with Empire from Constantine to America
Alia Eyres holds a Juris Doctorate from the Georgetown University Law Centre and a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from the George Washington University, where she was also a member of the NCAA Division 1 Women’s Rowing Team. She shares with Steve & Tammy her journey that led her out of the world of corporate law to become the director of Mother's Choice, a Hong Kong based charity bringing hope and new stories to vulnerable teenage mothers and families across the city.
Along the way Alia shares about the racism she encountered growing up as a “mixed race” child, how kindness and hospitality were instilled in her by her parents, as well as how her faith in Christ has sustained her through life’s challenges.
Go Beyond the Pale with Alia Eyres!
:35 (Intro) Steve & Tammy discuss the effects of the COVID-19 virus
15:27- Conversation with Alia Eyres begins
21:51- Mother’s Choice
23:17- Coming from a mixed race, faith, culture family
30:02- Learning Hospitality, Generosity, and Kindness from a young age
40:45- Leaving law to lead Mother’s Choice
47:57- Alia learns that God is better than she ever thought possible
Sara Morano is a world traveller and ultra marathoner who just happened to run into Steve on the 1,100 mile Via Francigena pilgrimage from Canterbury to Rome. Sara shares her journey on the ancient pilgrimage as well as the stories of reaching the top of the Alps with Steve.
Along the way she shares about training as an ultra marathoner!
Go Beyond the Pale with Sara Morano
1:11 - (Intro) Steve & Tammy discuss the Via Francigena, the Coronavirus, and spiritual deconstruction
26:29- Conversation with Sara begins
29:29- Running the Comrades Marathon in South Africa
37:06- Making room reservations on the Via Francigena
42:25- Sara reaches the top of the Alps with Steve
54:05- Miracles on the Via Francigena
South China Morning Post and RTHK film critic James Marsh sits down with Steve for our annual Oscar predictions show. That's right we take a short break from our usual show format questioning Life, the Universe, and Everything (whose answer we all know is "42") to discuss the best films and performances of 2019. James will give his predictions on who will be taking home the gold at the 2020 Academy Awards as well as some thoughts on those that got snubbed along the way.
Go Beyond the Pale with James Marsh!
5:06- Predict Best Supporting Actor
Tom Hanks, "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood"
Anthony Hopkins, "The Two Popes"
Al Pacino, "The Irishman"
Joe Pesci, "The Irishman"
Brad Pitt, "Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood"
20:06 Predict Best Supporting Actress
Kathy Bates, "Richard Jewell"
Laura Dern, "Marriage Story"
Scarlett Johansson, "Jojo Rabbit"
Florence Pugh, "Little Women"
Margot Robbie, "Bombshell"
36:34- Predict Best Actress
Cynthia Erivo, "Harriet"
Scarlett Johansson, "Marriage Story"
Saoirse Ronan, "Little Women"
Renée Zellweger, "Judy"
Charlize Theron, "Bombshell"
44:02- Predict Best Actor
Antonio Banderas, "Pain and Glory"
Leonardo DiCaprio, "Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood"
Adam Driver, "Marriage Story"
Joaquin Phoenix, "Joker"
Jonathan Pryce, "The Two Popes"
59:24- Predict Best Director
Martin Scorsese, "The Irishman"
Quentin Tarantino, "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood"
Bong Joon-ho, "Parasite"
Sam Mendes, "1917"
Todd Phillips, "Joker"
1:17:21- Predict Best Picture
"Ford v Ferrari"
"Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood"
We start 2020 unplugged! Thats right, no guest, no interview...just Steve & Tammy talking about what they are hoping to do holistically, fiscally, and all around emotionally for the new year...and the new decade! Along the way we discuss minimalism, healthy eating, and yes, even Tiny Houses!
Go Beyond the Pale in 2020 with Steve & Tammy!