Saying Goodbye

Hey everyone, (This is from Andy, in case there’s nothing else indicating that)

I’m sad to say that after 7 months and 30 episodes, I will be stepping back from the podcast. I don’t honestly expect this to be a huge deal that affects a ton of people, but I wanted to write a quick explanation in case anyone does wonder why I’m choosing to leave the podcast. I want to preface all of this by saying that there is no animosity between me, Josh, and our producer Matt. I appreciate them both very much and we are all on good terms.

There are several reasons why I’m choosing to step back, but for the sake of brevity I will explain two major ones:

The first and foremost reason is simply time and energy. I work full-time, I’m in school full-time, and I run the youth ministry at our church as a volunteer. There are probably some people who can juggle all of that easily, but adding a podcast on top of that- and doing the podcast well- is too much for me right now.

The second reason for leaving is that I am not sure that I am happy with what the podcast is accomplishing. I do appreciate and believe in the mission of having discussion with people who hold different beliefs. I think that is important. However, I feel that the way I’ve been doing it on the podcast often risks communicating that I think all beliefs are acceptable to hold, and I don’t want to communicate that. As by far the most theologically conservative person on most or all of our episodes, I have struggled to balance showing respect for those who I disagree with, and being firm in standing for the truth. I think that for the most part, I have failed to be firm enough, and have risked appearing (particularly to those who are newer to theology) to give tacit approval of the legitimacy of some views that I think are dangerous and even heretical.

As I said, I do think discussion across theological lines is important, and I believe a healthy balance can be found, but I don’t think I’ve found it and so for the time being, I’m not comfortable broadcasting it.

With all this said, I love Josh and Matt very much and wish them the best as they continue the podcast. May God lead us into the truth as we seek him in his Word.

In Christ,
Andy Herman