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The Back Pew

Dan Prevette & Colton Simmons

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The Back Pew

The Back Pew

Dan Prevette & Colton Simmons

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For those heading out or wandering into the Church, we're here for you. We host conversations not often talked about publicly, but universally experienced by the spiritually curious and/or restless.

Latest Episodes

The Jewish Tradition of Wrestling and Wandering w/ Sean Thibault

EShalom Backsliders! This week, the boys kick it old school and get a lesson in their biblical roots with good friend and hilarious Jewish practitioner, Sean Thibault!Sean and the Gentiles talk about the importance of interpretation, what to make of our dude JC, and the possibility God may be asking to be ignored! Has Colton become too open-minded? Is Dan going straight to Hell?! This week, every topic is kosher, on The Back Pew!

57 MINFEB 16
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The Jewish Tradition of Wrestling and Wandering w/ Sean Thibault

A Modern Muslim’s Spiritual Wilderness

EAs-salāmu ʿalaykum, Back-Sliders! This week, the guys sit down for a great chat with Sarah, a bright, curious, educated young woman, who sounds like your ordinary Southern California 20-year-old. Except for the fact she's about to run away from her Syrian, Muslimparents and their tight knit religious community. They discuss growing up in the faith, the links between culture and religion, and the taboo of asking hard questions. What do we mean when we say, “God is love?”Can belief evolve with a young person as they grow? Can the guys recover when Sarah is too young to remember one of the greatest boy bands of all time? This week, more unites than divides, on The Back Pew!

59 MINJAN 12
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A Modern Muslim’s Spiritual Wilderness

Intermission Part II: Pastor's Awkward Conclusion to Christmas Eve Sermon

Pastor Jeffrey Draine is back at it again! Trying to the land the plane as best he can, Pastor Draine hits some turbulence on the way down in this bumpy conclusion to the big Christmas Eve sermon. How do you make enough contemporary references to let people know they're always welcome here? The answer - Kenny G. Let's wrap up this season three intermission with some closing thoughts parishioners!

5 MIN2019 DEC 9
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Intermission Part II: Pastor's Awkward Conclusion to Christmas Eve Sermon

Intermission Part I: Worship Leader Attempts Spontaneous Worship for the First Time

ESeason three of The Back Pew breaks for intermission as Worship Leader Jeffrey Draine leads us through his first attempt at spontaneous worship. #WWJD #SoulDraine #PraiseBe

6 MIN2019 DEC 2
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Intermission Part I: Worship Leader Attempts Spontaneous Worship for the First Time

Pancreatic Cancer & Medicinal Faith w. Ryan Ditty

EThe fellas sit down for a heart-to-heart with a devoted and inspiring man of faith, Ryan Ditty. They discuss the realities of fighting stage 4 pancreatic cancer, the perils of a bad HMO, accepting miraculous generosity, and other "ethereal" topics like true love & eternity. Is there scientific proof that faith can heal our bodies? How should one update social media in the face of the worst? And does your geography really determine your destiny? The guys are honored to have a deep talk about running on faith when luck runs out, this week on The Back Pew.

60 MIN2019 NOV 24
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Pancreatic Cancer & Medicinal Faith w. Ryan Ditty

Generous Atheism & Magical Brains w. Travis Sentell

EThe Fellas welcome magician, writer, and benevolent non-believer Travis Sentell to The Back Pew! They discuss being a gracious atheist, respecting faiths you don’t hold, and the cold, hard psychology behind catching the Holy Ghost!Will Dan determine his spiritual life has just been a result of his neurobiology? Will Colton get Travis to reveal magic secrets? Black swans, brain science, and the observable world in between, all in this week's epsidoe of the Back Pew!

59 MIN2019 NOV 17
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Generous Atheism & Magical Brains w. Travis Sentell

Prophets v. Profits: True Prosperity in Pentecostalism w. Davie

EThe dudes welcome up-and-coming musician (and Matthew McConaughy collaborator), Davie to the congregation! They discuss shared Pentecostal roots, the pressures of being a preacher's son, and whether or not the prosperity gospel is as harmful as you may have heard. Can Colton and Dan be prophets? Can pop music save souls? Why does Davie like Chris Stapleton so much? Grab a seat and a paper fan, because we’re going to Church!

57 MIN2019 NOV 10
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Prophets v. Profits: True Prosperity in Pentecostalism w. Davie

A True Mosaic: Megachurch Transparency w. Grace Baldridge

EDan & Colton welcome Grace Baldridge, host of Refinery29's "State of Grace" docuseries, to the podcast in their premiere episode of season three. This interview is a follow-up to State of Grace's episode on megachurch transparency, in which Mosaic Church in Hollywood, CA became a central focus of their story after Grace discovered an overwhelming community of ex-Mosaic attendees who say LGBTQ members are not fully affirmed at Mosaic despite their public message of universal acceptance. You can find the original story on Refinery29's YouTube channel, or by clicking the link here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLuB7fvMlhc&t=544s

62 MIN2019 NOV 3
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A True Mosaic: Megachurch Transparency w. Grace Baldridge

Introduction to the Enneagram

EColton Simmons briefly introduces the new Enneagram series by addressing some of the common misconceptions about the Enneagram, the power of personalities, and a few disclaimers about how the Enneagram should & will be utilized by us at The Back Pew.

8 MIN2018 AUG 2
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Introduction to the Enneagram

The Enneagram: History, Structure, and Purpose

EDanielle Bennett returns to The Back Pew to explain the origins of the Enneagram, how it's shape informs it's function, and the deeperpurposebehind learningthesenine personality types. Enneagram references from:The Wisdom of the Enneagram and The Enneagram Institute all created by Riso & Hudson.

22 MIN2018 AUG 1
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The Enneagram: History, Structure, and Purpose

Latest Episodes

The Jewish Tradition of Wrestling and Wandering w/ Sean Thibault

EShalom Backsliders! This week, the boys kick it old school and get a lesson in their biblical roots with good friend and hilarious Jewish practitioner, Sean Thibault!Sean and the Gentiles talk about the importance of interpretation, what to make of our dude JC, and the possibility God may be asking to be ignored! Has Colton become too open-minded? Is Dan going straight to Hell?! This week, every topic is kosher, on The Back Pew!

57 MINFEB 16
Comments
The Jewish Tradition of Wrestling and Wandering w/ Sean Thibault

A Modern Muslim’s Spiritual Wilderness

EAs-salāmu ʿalaykum, Back-Sliders! This week, the guys sit down for a great chat with Sarah, a bright, curious, educated young woman, who sounds like your ordinary Southern California 20-year-old. Except for the fact she's about to run away from her Syrian, Muslimparents and their tight knit religious community. They discuss growing up in the faith, the links between culture and religion, and the taboo of asking hard questions. What do we mean when we say, “God is love?”Can belief evolve with a young person as they grow? Can the guys recover when Sarah is too young to remember one of the greatest boy bands of all time? This week, more unites than divides, on The Back Pew!

59 MINJAN 12
Comments
A Modern Muslim’s Spiritual Wilderness

Intermission Part II: Pastor's Awkward Conclusion to Christmas Eve Sermon

Pastor Jeffrey Draine is back at it again! Trying to the land the plane as best he can, Pastor Draine hits some turbulence on the way down in this bumpy conclusion to the big Christmas Eve sermon. How do you make enough contemporary references to let people know they're always welcome here? The answer - Kenny G. Let's wrap up this season three intermission with some closing thoughts parishioners!

5 MIN2019 DEC 9
Comments
Intermission Part II: Pastor's Awkward Conclusion to Christmas Eve Sermon

Intermission Part I: Worship Leader Attempts Spontaneous Worship for the First Time

ESeason three of The Back Pew breaks for intermission as Worship Leader Jeffrey Draine leads us through his first attempt at spontaneous worship. #WWJD #SoulDraine #PraiseBe

6 MIN2019 DEC 2
Comments
Intermission Part I: Worship Leader Attempts Spontaneous Worship for the First Time

Pancreatic Cancer & Medicinal Faith w. Ryan Ditty

EThe fellas sit down for a heart-to-heart with a devoted and inspiring man of faith, Ryan Ditty. They discuss the realities of fighting stage 4 pancreatic cancer, the perils of a bad HMO, accepting miraculous generosity, and other "ethereal" topics like true love & eternity. Is there scientific proof that faith can heal our bodies? How should one update social media in the face of the worst? And does your geography really determine your destiny? The guys are honored to have a deep talk about running on faith when luck runs out, this week on The Back Pew.

60 MIN2019 NOV 24
Comments
Pancreatic Cancer & Medicinal Faith w. Ryan Ditty

Generous Atheism & Magical Brains w. Travis Sentell

EThe Fellas welcome magician, writer, and benevolent non-believer Travis Sentell to The Back Pew! They discuss being a gracious atheist, respecting faiths you don’t hold, and the cold, hard psychology behind catching the Holy Ghost!Will Dan determine his spiritual life has just been a result of his neurobiology? Will Colton get Travis to reveal magic secrets? Black swans, brain science, and the observable world in between, all in this week's epsidoe of the Back Pew!

59 MIN2019 NOV 17
Comments
Generous Atheism & Magical Brains w. Travis Sentell

Prophets v. Profits: True Prosperity in Pentecostalism w. Davie

EThe dudes welcome up-and-coming musician (and Matthew McConaughy collaborator), Davie to the congregation! They discuss shared Pentecostal roots, the pressures of being a preacher's son, and whether or not the prosperity gospel is as harmful as you may have heard. Can Colton and Dan be prophets? Can pop music save souls? Why does Davie like Chris Stapleton so much? Grab a seat and a paper fan, because we’re going to Church!

57 MIN2019 NOV 10
Comments
Prophets v. Profits: True Prosperity in Pentecostalism w. Davie

A True Mosaic: Megachurch Transparency w. Grace Baldridge

EDan & Colton welcome Grace Baldridge, host of Refinery29's "State of Grace" docuseries, to the podcast in their premiere episode of season three. This interview is a follow-up to State of Grace's episode on megachurch transparency, in which Mosaic Church in Hollywood, CA became a central focus of their story after Grace discovered an overwhelming community of ex-Mosaic attendees who say LGBTQ members are not fully affirmed at Mosaic despite their public message of universal acceptance. You can find the original story on Refinery29's YouTube channel, or by clicking the link here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLuB7fvMlhc&t=544s

62 MIN2019 NOV 3
Comments
A True Mosaic: Megachurch Transparency w. Grace Baldridge

Introduction to the Enneagram

EColton Simmons briefly introduces the new Enneagram series by addressing some of the common misconceptions about the Enneagram, the power of personalities, and a few disclaimers about how the Enneagram should & will be utilized by us at The Back Pew.

8 MIN2018 AUG 2
Comments
Introduction to the Enneagram

The Enneagram: History, Structure, and Purpose

EDanielle Bennett returns to The Back Pew to explain the origins of the Enneagram, how it's shape informs it's function, and the deeperpurposebehind learningthesenine personality types. Enneagram references from:The Wisdom of the Enneagram and The Enneagram Institute all created by Riso & Hudson.

22 MIN2018 AUG 1
Comments
The Enneagram: History, Structure, and Purpose
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