Episode 20 – Pastor June Joplin

Hard to Believe #020 – Pastor June Joplin 

Until last summer, June Joplin had been serving as pastor at Lorne Park Baptist Church in Toronto. Then she delivered a sermon that would change her life. In the months since, she has been interviewed by the New York Times, Vox, and the CBC, and her story has been featured in major news outlets far and wide. She spoke to John about what led to her wanting to be a pastor, what led to her coming out, and her hopes for Christianity and herself as she considers what comes next.

You can find more about her at her website, PastorJune.com

She is on Twitter @beloved_june

You can contribute to her GoFundMe here

#2.28 – Midnight Mass – with Dr. Kelly J. Baker and Dan Colón Hard to Believe – A Podcast About Belief

(DISCLAIMER: This episode contains a lot of spoilers for "Midnight Mass"!) Mike Flanagan's "Midnight Mass" revisits a lot of the themes of much of his previous work: grief, death, trauma, loss (and you can listen to our discussion of his "Haunting Of" Netflix series here). But it also covers some a lot of new ground, including the complicated relationship between human beings and the religions they build. It is a show grounded as much in humanity as it is in horror, and it asks more questions than it answers – and, in this way, it demonstrates an understanding of what religion is and how it works that is rare not only for the genre but for popular fiction in general. John has been unable to stop thinking about the series since it debuted three weeks ago, and so, desperate to talk about it, he invited the two most qualified voices on the subjects of horror and religion he knows – Dr. Kelly J. Baker, making her second appearance on the show, and Dan Colón, co-host and co-creator of Cage Club's The Monsters that Made Us. TWITTER/Links! Kelly on Twitter Buy Kelly's Book: The Zombies are Coming Dan on Twitter Show page: The Monsters That Made Us
  1. #2.28 – Midnight Mass – with Dr. Kelly J. Baker and Dan Colón
  2. #2.27 – Byrne the Church – Part 2 – End of Days (1999)
  3. #2.26 – Brandan Robertson – God and Aliens
  4. Happy SpoOoOoktober – "Speak of the Devil" Rerelease
  5. #2.25 – Dr. Jonathan Farley – On how we should and shouldn't think about mathematics

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