The Conversation Jesus Wants Us to Have Podcast

The Conversation Jesus Wants Us to Have Podcast

In this podcast series, Regina V. Cates, author and founder of Romancing Your Soul, and her guests imagine Jesus sitting down with them in conversation to discuss social issues, politics, relationships, and Christianity. As part social commentary, part call to action, and complete labor of love for Jesus, these conversations challenge us to create the caring, peaceful, and respectful world he envisioned and for which he made the ultimate sacrifice.

Episodes

August 31, 2021 17 min

No matter our religious affiliation or lack thereof, I believe the majority of us would jump at the opportunity to engage with Christ. I also think it is a safe bet many of us would not imagine an exchange with him to be anything but a love-filled, mostly one-sided talk of peace, forgiveness, and goodwill. However, having endured and witnessed religious persecution and hypocrisy all of my life, and observing the current chaos, divi...

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I was brought up in a church that taught God is angry, vengeful, and male. And that I am going to hell for being gay. There, with Satan, I will suffer eternity roasting on the Devil’s fiery spit. Eternity is forever. Forever is hard to imagine. To make it easier for me, a child, to visualize burning in hell endlessly, a Sunday school teacher told the class to imagine a turtle. Picking up one grain of sand in its beak on the Atlanti...

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To me, the idea that we are to turn the other cheek and not confront abuse from those in positions of power sounds a lot like the directive we get from religious authorities not to challenge the Bible or question what we’ve been taught to believe. Many religious authorities tell us if we do challenge or question, we are being blasphemous.

In this episode, I ask us to consider:

  • Jesus did not turn his cheek, ignore, or rationalize t...
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    I am not running for office. I am not telling you who to vote for. But I am calling attention to the fact that the driving focus of partisanship is not one of uniting our country around candidates who are genuine public servants. It is one of constant fundraising, campaigning, opposition party/candidate harassment, gerrymandering, and the quest for party advantage. Yet to stand united, isn’t it necessary to have shared common value...

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    September 8, 2021 22 min

    In this episode, Rose, who had an abortion almost sixty years ago, joins me to discuss a woman’s right to choose. She found herself pregnant after allowing her boyfriend to pressure her into having unprotected sex. She was twenty and unmarried. At the time, abortion was illegal in the United States. She had to go to Mexico and endure a barbaric and painful procedure. For the first time, she speaks publically about her experience.

    I...

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    September 15, 2021 32 min

    Guest: Reverend Britt Skarda, M.Div.

    In this episode, I am joined by Reverend Britt Skarda, a recently retired United Methodist pastor of thirty-four years who lives in Little Rock, Arkansas. We discuss how Jesus would encourage conversation about the need for many Christians, and the Christian Church overall, to return to the essence of his teachings: to love God and love our neighbors.

    In this episode, we discuss:

  • That love is a ...
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    Guest: Reverend Tim Moody, D.Min.

    In this episode retired Christian minister, Tim Moody joins me to discuss why abuse, judgment, exclusion, and domination are such a big part of our collective religious experiences.  Don’t we get closer to Jesus by engaging in a deep investigation of our attitudes and beliefs about the Bible and Christianity?

    In this episode we discuss whether the small world of our beliefs reflects the vast world ...

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    Guest: Reverend Tim Moody, D.Min.

    The reason for being “Christian,” and the way to create our best life, is to be a reflection of Jesus’ love. Therefore, I believe we have the responsibility to examine whether our beliefs, which motivate our behavior, align with the loving, compassionate, and inclusive heart of Jesus, or whether we are following passed-down judgmental, fear-based, and controlling religious dogma that increases divi...

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    The goal of all world religions is the pursuit of truly knowing who we are and our reason for being. We are physical beings capable of fantastic feats of strength and endurance. We are intellectual beings who create scientific, medical, and technological marvels. We are emotional beings with an extraordinary capacity for sensitivity. We experience ourselves and our surroundings through the senses of sight, hearing, touch, smell, an...

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    Have you ever thought about the fact that Hallmark offers a wide variety of sympathy cards but does not offer empathy cards? Sympathy is easy to express because it is a concern for others that is more from the head, while empathy is a heart-connection to what other people go through. When we are empathetic, we put ourselves emotionally in another’s shoes. 

    In this episode, spiritual psychotherapist Steve Hasenberg, and I discuss:

  • T...
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    Have you ever considered suicide? I have, several times, but religion and society indoctrinated me to believe that suicide is a sin and taking one’s own life is a self-centered, cowardly way out. Only after seriously considering suicide and having a friend take her own life did I come to realize Jesus would have a compassionate view of people who end their lives.  

    My guest Catherine, whose bother Owen committed suicide, joins me t...

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    We live in families, attend churches, and navigate within societies where bullying, judgment, rejection, and abuse are rampant. Often we attempt to escape the reality of our experience by abusing others or turning to drugs and alcohol to abuse ourselves. The pain we experience is real. And we can get to the other side of addiction and feelings of unworthiness. 

    In this episode Janice, who overcame abuse and addiction, joins me to d...

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    On my journey of healing a painful and abusive past, I sought the help of a psychiatrist, a psychologist, and two different counselors. Each of these people contributed something positive to my taking my power back from bullying and mistreatment. I am grateful for their expertise and guidance. While I am the one who took the actions necessary to release the pain, blame, and resentment, the guidance they provided was invaluable. 

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    Guests: Revs. Roger Paynter, D.Min. and Tim Moody, D.Min.

    Many people today have very little use for religion because Christianity and the Church seem irrelevant, rule-oriented, exclusive, male-dominated, and closed-minded. We witness, in our divisive society and politics, how destructive Christianity can be in the hands of religious renegades, people who use Jesus Christ to justify their barbaric beliefs and conduct. But, hurtful ...

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    For much of my life, my parents, organized religion, and society, in general, had a specific idea of who I had to be in order to be worthy of love. When I did not fit into the box of their expectations, I suffered persecution, rejection, and abuse. It took being exposed to heart-centered people for me to appreciate that many people in the world love and accept others for who they are because they have been taught to do so.

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    Guest: Dawn Wilson, Television Producer and Activist 

    There is a saying, “We are what we eat.” I find this to be true because when I eat healthily I seem to stay healthy. And it is important for us to acknowledge that not all food we eat is healthy. There are serious risks to our health from any quest to put profit ahead of people and the planet. Therefore I believe Jesus would say it is a spiritual responsibility to care about the...

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    According to worldmeters.info, to date, the United States has experienced more Covid-19 infections and deaths than any other country in the world. With a population of approximately 334 million, there have been over 49 million cases with over 800,000 deaths. These figures do not reflect the people we lost through disease, cancer, accidents, etc. It is estimated that for every death, nine people are grieving. That means millions of ...

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    Guest: Reverend Kirby Ingram on Connection, Consciousness, and God

    The concept of spiritual consciousness, or knowing ourselves as spiritual beings on great human adventures, has been around for centuries. Expressing as our divine self in everyday life is the fundamental goal of all world religions. We know we are living as our conscious/awake self each time we live the Golden Rule and treat others and all life as we want to be tre...

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    December 15, 2021 26 min

    Ladies, how old were you when you began to notice that within society, your church, school, or home, you were considered less than your male counterparts? Gentlemen, how old were you when you began to understand you were considered more important than women and girls? It is time we face the dangerously dysfunctional male/female dynamic that is the sad, but true, legacy we are leaving our children. 

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    Guest: Reverend Britt Skarda

    We have been told what God is, but the truth is, we do not know. God is too expansive to be boxed into any form because if we simply take a drinking straw and look up into the night sky through it, we would see about 10,000 stars within the tiny circumference. Multiply the objects in that small space by the entire night sky and the number of stars, planets, and universes is beyond comprehension. So how ...

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