Rob Bell

This week we talk to controversial author and speaker Rob Bell about his new book, What We Talk About When We Talk About God. (No matter what you think about Rob, it's a surprising interview that deserves a listen.) We also talk to photographer Andy Barron about a life-changing challenge Mark Foster (of Foster the People) put him on, and the crew brings back the glory of their youth by revisiting favorite childhood Christian shows.

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What We Talk About When We Talk About God by Rob Bell
Colby's Missing Memory

This is the episode of Colby the Computer that little Chad wasn't allowed to watch because it was too scary.

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Notable Jokes & Runs

0:48 - Maya jokes about the podcast teleporting to another location.

6:46 - A discussion of Rob Bell's glasses, and whether he ever needed them in the first place. Tyler jokes that all his interviews usually end with him getting punched.

14:03 - Maya jokes that Plugged In is going to ask them to stop referencing them.

20:29 - Tyler jokes about the Avengers of childhood Christian entertainment: Psalty, Colby the Computer, and McGee. Cameron talks about being Psalty's son Rhythm in a church play. Chad and Jesse talk about episodes of Colby and McGee and Me that traumatized them as children.

23:44 - The long, epic discussion of McGee and Me continues. They try to entangle their memories of various episodes, and Tyler asks if McGee is the result of the protagonist being on drugs. Tyler compares the show to Freaks and Geeks.

Notable Guest Moments

38:37 - Introduction to Rob Bell.

52:48 - Introduction to Andy Barron.

Other Notable Moments

2:26 - Cameron talks about Chad's vacation and the back-to-back podcast recording, and reveals that the two episodes are out of order. Jokes about callbacks to jokes that haven't happened yet.

14:37 - Cameron talks about Chad's rundown for "Segment 1", the first part of the podcast.

15:18 - Jesse's slice about's list of the top 200 jobs of the year. He argues that the top 50 and bottom 50 should be switched.

19:19 - The first of Maya's two slices: about the Bible miniseries becoming a movie.

27:59 - The second of Maya's two slices: about a date at a beach park in Florida in which the guy carjacks the girl.

44:29 - Relevant Recommends: To The Wonder,, a documentary about the film The Shining.

74:33 - Feedback to Question of the Week: "What was the worst or most ludicrous college course you ever took?"

82:17 Outro: "When I do a podcast, I leave it all on the court." - Jesse

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Question of the Week

Due to the odd scheduling in our recording week, we actually don't have a question of the week. So feel free to just write us anything you'd like, or, go leave us some feedback on our iTunes page.


Esther Aspling


Esther Aspling commented…

Wow, I'm not even sure what to say about Colby and the gang. I can't believe that was the common entertainment for "Christian" kids back in the day, and that I used to watch it! lol
It's like a poor man's Mickey Mouse club meets Barney! :-)

Naomi Peirce


Naomi Peirce commented…

Thanks for reminding my of how awesome(ly cheesy) McGee and Me is. My sister and I still quote Twister and Shout quite often. "Brownies and ice cream in the living room!"



bigtakeshi commented…

Is there anyway I could get the full interview on MP3? I'd love to have it for future reference! It's great stuff!



Kevin commented…

Huge fan of the podcast! I have been listening religiously for the past few months and have downloaded as many of the older episodes as I could get my ears on. That being said, I'm pretty disappointed in your latest interview with Rob Bell. Talk about slow pitching softballs to him. Correct me if I am wrong and you have asked him some real questions in other interviews recently. But no mention of his recent "coming out of the closet" in favor of same sex marriage?? I had to listen to "Unbelievable", the popular debate radio program in the UK, to get any kind of human interest out of a Rob Bell interview. And the guy basically fumbled the whole thing, failing to provide even a slightly coherent defense for why he thinks Christianity has had it totally wrong on same sex marriage for over 2000 years and why God loves and wants to bless same sex marriage and same sex...well, sex.

It's not that I hate everything Rob Bell has done. Heck, I've been blessed by a lot of what he's written and especially appreciated Love Wins as I would describe myself as a Christian Universalist. I just think you guys could have done a way better job asking him some tough questions. 1) It'd be way more interesting to listen to and 2) It's the right thing to do for a magazine that touts its own journalistic integrity.

Maybe just treat Rob Bell like you treat Mark Driscol (a healthy amount of respect combined with a healthy amount of criticism and skepticism at what he's up to and what's going on beneath the surface of the theology he espouses).

Still love your podcast and still think you guys are the best!

Chad Michael


Chad Michael replied to Kevin's comment

Did you listen to the full, unedited interview with Rob (posted above)? Due to time restraints we could only include a small portion in the actual podcast, but we talk about A LOT more in the full interview.



Kevin replied to Chad Michael's comment

Thanks for the reply, Chad! I had not listened to the full interview but will so so today. Looking forward to it.

Patrick Steed


Patrick Steed commented…

HiTops!!! I was in HiTops twice. I played the nerd character both times. I think I have an old VHS tape of it laying around somewhere...

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