Episode 3 of Medium Playback is here. Thank God! Literally– today, author Jonathan Parks-Ramage checks out faith and transcendence at the city of angels’ preeminent hipster evangelical church, Reality L.A. In his soul-searching piece, “Jesus, Mary, and Joe Jonas,” Jonathan participates in the elegant holy place, which name-drops Rihanna and preaches a conservative Christian gospel that “non-believers are going to hell, abortion is a sin (even in cases of incest and rape), sex is only acceptable after marriage, and homosexuality is forbidden.”
The church has all the features of modernism and none of its worths, however worshippers appear to discover palpable remedy for the services. Jonathan– who matured in the culturally progressive United Church of Christ, with minister moms and dads who responded affirmingly to his coming out as gay– interviews a gay-celibate congregationalist who declares his sex drive went from 100% to 10% when he got conserved. He likewise gets to talk with Reality L.A.’s perfectly-chiseled creator, Jeremy Treat, who “presents a ready-made identity, perfect for those who feel lost.”
Listen to Jonathan carry out the essay (0: 56), in addition to music and sound style, then take a seat with host Kara Brown (48: 49) to talk church. The 2 talk about the moving experience of praise, how Reality L.A. is inseparable from its dogma, the unsustainability of gay repression, and the significance of spiritual individuals discovering a god who likes them for who they are. (View the show credits.)
TenQuestions with Jonathan
What’s the very best long-form composing you’ve read this year?
Exiled: Mike Pence and the Evangelical Fantasy of Persecution, by Meghan O’Gieblyn for Harper’s Magazine
At what time of day do you do your finest writing?
First thing in the early morning, with huge quantities of coffee
Where do you do your finest thinking?
In the back of anUber I reside in Los Angeles, and I have no idea ways to drive, so I invest a lot of time in Ubers
What truth program do you believe you ‘d make the very best host of?
Ru Paul’s DragRace I would never ever imagine taking over Ru’s throne, however I do have an encyclopedic understanding of Drag Race herstory
Movie of the year up until now?
FirstReformedand Sorry to Bother You
What’s the most underused word in the English language?
What’s your preferred word in the English language?
What’s your preferred podcast?
Who is winning 2018?
Twitter account that more individuals should be following?
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez— she’s the future of this nation and brings some much required intend to our nationwide discussion