Art of the Sermon Episode 024: Science, Doubt, and Faith – An Interview with “Science Mike” McHargue

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Guest: “Science Mike” McHargue
General Topic: Finding God in the Waves and the relationship between science, doubt, and the Christian faith

Introduction to Mike (0:43)
Telling his story in book form (2:09)
Mike’s current work (4:05)
Making the complicated simple (5:16)
The key to connecting with an audience (8:20)
Mike’s interest in neuroscience (10:13)
Why the church should support science (13:11)
How pastors and churches can address the tension between science and faith (13:58)
Most asked spiritual questions (17:35)
Most asked questions by pastors, church leaders (21:08)
Faith struggles as a pastor versus lay members (22:34)
Why Mike became a United Methodist (27:04)
Most difficult and favorite speaking experience (31:30)
Impactful preachers and communicators (32:56)
What Mike’s reading right now (34:42)
Science recommendations (36:14)
How to follow Mike and get information on his book (37:08)

Links to things mentioned in the episode

Finding God in the Waves by Mike McHargue
Ask Science Mike Podcast
The Liturgists Podcast
Mike on Relevant
Mike on Storyline
Mike on Sojourners
Storybrand Podcast
Pew Research Data
Good Samaritan UMC (Tallahassee, FL)
Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell
Richard Rohr
Broderick Greer
The Divine Dance by Richard Rohr
The Road Back to You by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanna Stabile
The Day the Revolution Began by N. T. Wright
The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook by Edmund Bourne
How Enlightenment Changes Your Brain
by Andrew Newberg and Mark Robert Waldman
The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt
MinutePhysics Podcast
Andrew Newberg
V Sauce (YouTube)
Invisibilia Podcast

Reaching out to our guest
@mikemchargue (Twitter)
Science Mike (Facebook)
@mikemchargue (Instagram)

Next Episode arrives October 6, 2016!

An interview with Bishop Ken Carter of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church

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