The Naked Gospel

The Naked Gospel

The Naked Gospel explores what it means to be sexed image bearers of a relational God. To that end, we have candid and raw discussions about relationships, sexual ethics, theology, pornography, sex trafficking, singleness, marriage, and everything in between.


August 22, 2023 64 mins

Biblical scholar Nijay Gupta joins us to talk about women in Scripture. Shane asks Nijay about the male focus of Scripture, why Jesus only picked men as his apostles, and the role of women in the church.

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It’s common to speak of living in a “fallen world,” but what precisely does this mean? What is the bad news that the gospel is actually addressing? In this episode, Shane and Dr. Chase look at Genesis to try and make sense of the exile and fall story.

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What does gender have to do with God?? Do men and women reflect God differently? If someone has a disability do they reflect less of God? Dr. Carmen Imes lets us ask these questions and so many more!

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Check out Dr. Imes' book: Being God's Image: Why Creation Still Matters

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Porn is not some distant sin; we all know at least one person who struggles with it. For many, using porn is just an assumed reality, even if no one else knows about it. Why don't we see more churches seriously addressing pornography? And is there a real way that we can help those around us get free and heal from porn??

In this episode, we look at a specific way that thousands of men and women are being restored from...

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Every person wants to be known by others, and everyone knowns what loneliness is like—regardless of sexual orientation or theological position. Art Pereira works for Revoice and is same-sex attracted. Art lives a life of celibacy, but he refuses to believe that a life of celibacy is the same thing as a life of loneliness. Art joins us to discuss relationships within God's family.

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Zachary Wagner recently wrote a book about non-toxic masculinity. He joins us for a very honest conversation about the damaged sexuality we see in the church and all around us as well as what a restored sexuality could really look like.

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Many of us believe in Jesus and still feel stuck, even trapped. So, why aren't we experiencing the good news that Jesus said He came to give? Where is redemption and salvation in the areas we struggle the most? Sathiya Sam joins to discuss all these questions and more!

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March 1, 2023 35 mins

What do we do when we continue fail over and over again? What do we do when our desires don't line up with the truth we know? What is the place of desires in the Christian life? And how do we recapture the intimacy that we no longer feel?

Lent is an ancient practice that has been shaping Christians lives for nearly two thousand years. But what is Lent, and what does it have to do with lust? Join us as we discuss Lent...

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The God of the Bible is emotional. Many Christians don't want to associate emotions with God. Emotions feel irrational, and the idea of God experiencing hate, anger, and jealousy can be confusing and problematic. And yet the Bible is full of stories where God expresses deep emotion. Does God feel, and what is the place of feelings in the Christian life? Join Shane and Biblical scholar David T. Lamb as they explore a theology o...

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Have you ever heard a sermon about any of the rape or sexual abuse passages in Scripture? Not many of us have. Dr. Caryn Reeder joins us to talk about how our reading of Scripture impacts our relationships and actions in the Church.
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Whether we're pastors, missionaries, or everyday Christians, we know that sin is wrong, harmful, and that we'll feel miserable afterward. So, why do we go back to the same sins over and over again? Why do pastors who know and teach God's truth still pursue sexual sin? Why do Christians watch porn and have affairs as much as non-Christians? In short, why do we believe that sin is beautiful and continue to pursue it? D...

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People are have become hesitant to get married and quicker to get divorced. Why are marriages failing and why is marriage counseling failing? Marriage counselor, Dr. David Hawkins, joins us to discuss the beauty of marriage and its difficulties. 

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Dr. John Foubert, a researcher and parent,  joins us to discuss how to protect your children from internet pornography. John and Shane look at questions like: is porn really an issue for children? What can parents do to protect their kids porn exposure? How and when should parents talk about sex? All in all, this conversation considers the science, risks, and ways to protect your children from internet pornography.


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July 20, 2022 50 mins

Pastor Will joins The Naked Gospel podcast to discuss his own history with porn and mental health. Shane and Will talk through issues of abuse among Christian leaders, how Christians should respond to sexual misuse, how we should handle leadership abuse, and what it means to build safe Christian communities.

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What is purity culture? Is it actually an important topic to discuss? What's the history of purity culture and why has it impacted so many people?

Without having an attractive and compelling story for sex, more and more Christians are embracing the hookup culture story for sex. Pastor Dean Inserra joins us today for a conversation about purity cult...

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Drew Boa and Sathiya Sam both founded organizations that help men and women rebuild relationships, heal from trauma, and recover from unwanted sexual desires.

This is the first of many episodes where Drew, Sathiya, and Shane will get together to discuss the landscape of sexual integrity and sexual pain — from porn, lust, love, to science, the church, and secular culture.

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The president of Saving Innocence joins us today to talk about sex exploitation and how men are the primary perpetrators. What can men do to turn from being perpetrators to become protectors?

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Former porn star Crissy Outlaw joins us to discuss how she got into the porn industry and what the porn industry is like.

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In 1999, Crissy Outlaw began working in adult entertainment. She was in the business until 2006, when she became a Christian. Since leaving the industry, she has spoken out...

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In this episode, Shane and Corey talk through how fantasy is used in lust and how imagination can be used in prayer. Along with that, Dr. Latta also helps us to see that our draw to stimulation is also an addiction to shame, and he helps us to see the good news in the midst of our shame. As a practitioner, Dr. Latta helps us to look at these issues not only as thinker but also as a counselor.

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C. S. Lewis scholar Michael Ward and J. R. R. Tolkien scholar Holly Ordway join us today to discuss the place of fantasy and imagination in the Christian life. Is fantasy always a bad thing?  What is imagination? Can reason and imagination have a healthy relationship? What does imagination even have to do with sex? Join us as we discuss these questions and several more!...

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