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.
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.
In this episode of Misfit Faith I begin a series exploring Brian McLaren’s latest book, The Great Spiritual Migration. I address whether the Christian faith should be understood as static and unchanging or whether dynamic growth and evolution are possible. We hear from McLaren himself, albeit not in the form of a phone interview unfortunately, and I end the show with a perfectly plausible plan to overcome my road rage.
In this episode of the Misfit Faith show I address the topic of escapism, suggesting that the root of American Christianity’s dismissiveness toward social justice and environmental stewardship is the idea that it’s all gonna burn anyway. I share some material from the Misfit Faith Community, after which I introduce a new segment titled “Jason Makes a Wish.”
In this episode I address another area where American Christianity may need to rethink its stance: science. I suggest that science poses no threat to faith, and yet, we must not allow these scientists to get too big for their britches (or lab coats). I chat with my Drunk Ex-Pastors co-host, Christian Kingery, about the mistrust of science that he was raised with, and then take a listener’s question about cults. I end the show explaining why “loving thy neighbor” is harder for me than for most people.
In this episode of Misfit Faith I suggest that the American church needs to strike a new posture towards the LGBT community if they want to avoid utter cultural obscurity in this post-Christian world of ours. I speak with pastor Jay Bakker (son of Jim and Tammy Faye) about his experience moving his own congregation in an affirming direction over a decade ago. I answer a caller’s question about the nature of love, and end the show bemoaning how bored I get by almost every song I hear.