In this episode of Drunk Ex-Pastors one of your hosts, due to an impromptu get-together that was completely outside his control, may have prefunked just a tad more than usual (but he holds it together quite well, really, despite imbibing something like five drinks beforehand). We consider ten characteristics of a cult and seek to determine whether our old megachurch, Calvary Chapel, fits the bill, and then launch into a discussion of whether Christianity is shrinking and why. Jason answers one listener’s question about crazy preaching stories with a tale involving the New York Yankees and the Albanian mob, and Christian agrees with another caller’s comparison of theism to belief in the Tooth Fairy who, apparently, isn’t real either. This prompts a debate about whether God can be rejected for existential reasons rather than purely intellectual ones, thus emboldening Christian, DXP’s resident agnostic, to seek to encourage Jason by citing every Bible verse and religious platitude he still remembers. We then revisit the issue of alcohol as a stumbling block, concluding that there’s a limit to the amount of drinking we won’t do. Jason is biebered by the audio-visual pitfalls of video-recorded rock shows, while Christian’s bieber involves toilet paper and a lack of patience.
Also, either Christian is incredibly demanding, or Jason is overly sensitive to unnecessary correction, or both. But either way, we really do bicker like an old married couple. It’s adorable.