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.