Jason Stellman is a Southern California native and transplant to Seattle who wishes he still lived in Europe.
He is a gifted and provocative writer, thinker, and speaker who has grown accustomed to the disruption and fallout that result from questioning established plotlines and challenging inherited paradigms (especially his own).
Jason’s most recent book, Misfit Faith (Convergence/Random House, March 2017), explores spirituality as displayed by those whose lives are a mess, who don’t have their acts together, and who have every reason to quit believing but (for some reason) can’t.
On his popular weekly podcast, Drunk Ex-Pastors, Jason and his agnostic co-host sit down over drinks and discuss everything from religion to art and politics to pop culture, bringing their own unique camaraderie to issues both weighty and shallow.
Jason is a former pastor in Calvary Chapel (1992 – 2000) and the Presbyterian Church in America (2004 – 2012), and a former missionary to Uganda (1991 – 1992) and Hungary (1994 – 2000). He received his Masters of Divinity from Westminster Seminary California in 2004. In 2012, Jason stepped down from the ministry to embark on a career as a writer, speaker, mentor, and really bad Catholic (concerning that last one, he comforts himself by daily remembering Chesterton’s maxim that “Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly”).
Jason values things like rising early, eating whole foods, and “loving thy neighbor,” even though he rarely does any of them.
31. VATICAN’T (Catholicism Without All the Uplifting Parts) — Week 3: Quantum? I Barely Knew Him! (With Diarmuid O’Murchu)
In this episode I revisit the topic of the lack or void we feel at our core, bringing the principles of quantum theory to bear upon the issue and seeking to show that unknowing lies at the very core of existence itself. I am joined by psychologist and priest Diarmuid O’Murchu (whose name I constantly mispronounce) and we discuss his book, Quantum Theology: Spiritual Implications of the New Physics.
30. VATICAN’T (Catholicism Without All the Uplifting Parts) — Week Two: The Gospel According to Satan
In this episode of Misfit Faith I discuss the origins of the American Gospel which promises wholeness and wellbeing to those who jump through the right hoops (hint: its source has a forked tongue). We hear from Peter Rollins about the church as a satanic community, and then I answer a caller’s question about whether we should think of God as a magic genie in the sky. I end the show with an impassioned cry for shopping and buying local, but not for the reasons you might think.
In this episode of Misfit Faith I launch a new series seeking to bring some of the ideas of the thinkers I have been reading for the last several years with my own “Catholish” worldview. We begin with a discussion of the lack or void that we all sense within ourselves, and what we usually do about it (hint, we totally get it wrong). I take a voicemail critiquing my speech patterns, and end the show wishing death upon the world as we know it.
In this episode of Misfit Faith I explore the utter lack of moral and spiritual credibility on the part of American Christianity, especially in the light of the crisis at our border. We hear some thoughts from Brian McLaren on church in the Trump age, as well as hear from a caller asking about Universalism. Our “Jason Needs a Minute” segment touches upon the futility of online political debate.
In this episode of Misfit Faith I reflect on the tragic suicide of Anthony Bourdain as well as engage with the responses to it from Matt Walsh and USA Today. I suggest that perhaps the conservative evangelical approach both lacks compassion (gasp!) as well as fails to address the underlying structures that oppress people and sometimes drive them suicidal. I end the episode with “Jason Makes a Wish,” asking Hollywood to make the most anti-climactic superhero movie ever.