Coffee with Creamer

By Barry Creamer

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Coffee with Creamer, where you get to sit down with our host, Dr. Barry Creamer, for a conversation about faith, life, and culture. We’ll look at old ideas through a new lens, turn the culture wars on their head, and paint a picture of the way things could be. If you like your thinking deep, and your coffee hot, pull up a chair—you’re in the right place.

Episode Date
When Evil Tends to Look Like Us | Episode 26
Barry begins the episode by pointing out that evil is more normal than we like to think. In honor of Sanctity of Life Day, he teases this out in our culture with issues like abortion and women’s rights and the ways in which the structures in our culture will continue to haunt us until we […]
Jan 19, 2022
The Danger of Earplugs Outside the Echo Chamber | Episode 25
It is easy only to listen to voices that agree with our own. Barry suggests that fear and a desire for comfort keep us content with our current opinions, and yet growth requires the interjection of something new, something different. Let’s remove our earplugs and evaluate information on its own merit, while simultaneously valuing those […]
Jan 12, 2022
Perfectly Normal and Totally Strange: Part 2 | Episode 24
Who knew we could mix culture and religion in so many ways! Barry describes extraordinary religion in this episode and challenges us to begin exploring what may be silly hills on which to die.     Book: America: Religions and Religion, Catherine Albanese    
Jan 05, 2022
Perfectly Normal and Totally Strange: Part 1 | Episode 23
Barry starts a conversation about how we mix culture and religion. All groups and nations do it but being aware of it is important for us to live our Christianity.     Book: America: Religions and Religion, Catherine Albanese Poem: “The Gift Outright”, Robert Frost Article: Senate Democrats support conservative-backed Texas bill requiring pro-sports teams […]
Dec 29, 2021
Merry Torn Veil Day! | Episode 22
The good news of Christmas Day sweeps through the countryside and temple, past and present, and brings with it a promise as old as our wildest dreams—Emmanuel.     Scriptures: Genesis 12:1-3 Ruth 1-2 2 Chronicles 3:10-17 Luke 1:76-79, 2:4-14, 23:44-49
Dec 22, 2021
Meek and Wild | Episode 21
Barry talks about why sometimes we front-load the good news with bad news instead, and he offers a new way of thinking about our part in sharing the gospel.     Scriptures: Acts 14:8-17, 17:22-31, 3:13-15 Ephesians 4:15 Matthew 23 Ezekiel 34: 1-6 Luke 12:13-21, 16:1-9, 16:19-31, 9:51-5, 18:9-14 Romans 1:18-20 Matthew 7:1-5 1 Peter […]
Dec 15, 2021
Personal Faith: Just How Personal Is It? | Episode 20
The sentiment, “If you want something done right, you’ve got to do it yourself” doesn’t work when it comes to faith. Barry talks through James 5:12-20 and discusses the somewhat uncomfortable truth that our faith depends on others as much as theirs depends on us.     Scriptures: James 5:12-20, 1:26, 2:14, 1:16-18 Matthew 9:2-7 […]
Dec 08, 2021
Disagreeing to Agree: Part 3 | Episode 19
In the last episode of our Disagreeing to Agree Series, Barry returns to the issues of economics, race, sexuality and gender, and abortion, and points out the common ground from which we can begin to build our bridges.     Scriptures: Joshua 7 Joshua 8:30-35  
Dec 01, 2021
Disagreeing to Agree: Part 2 | Episode 18
In the second part of our Disagreeing to Agree Series, Barry walks us through a prayer of Daniel to remind us that historically, biblically, and theologically there is space for us to know our moral condition both as individuals and bound up in a community. One doesn’t have to rule out the other and we […]
Nov 24, 2021
Disagreeing to Agree: Part 1 | Episode 17
Barry talks about how it is possible that advocates on opposite sides of issues like SOGI, race, economics, and abortion have enough common ground that they could build bridges to peace, rather than burn them down.     Books: Science and Religion, Ian Barber America: Religions and Religion, Catherine Albanese
Nov 17, 2021
A Different Way to Make a Difference | Episode 16
There are times we fight tooth and nail to fix a problem, when in fact, we are only making a dent in the symptom. Barry offers a few examples of this complexity and ways to think more deeply about it.     Scriptures: 1 Kings 22 Book: Plato’s Republic, Book VI
Nov 10, 2021
Moving Heaven and Earth | Episode 15
Barry walks us through Psalm 18, dodging earthquakes, volcanoes, thunderstorms to watch God deliver us and bring us into a broad, safe place—a place of humility and gratitude.     Scriptures: Psalm 18 2 Samuel 22:1ff  
Nov 03, 2021
Who’s in Charge Here? | Episode 14
Traditional interpretations of authority can tend toward objectification but learning to be a servant in every context is redemptive.     Scriptures: Matthew 15:21-28 Luke 19:6-10 2 Samuel 6:20-23 James 3:7-9 Genesis 1:26-28 Philemon 13-16 1 Samuel 8:4-9 Galatians 2:3-6 1 Peter 5:2-5 Genesis 3:16 Ephesians 5:21-25   Book: The Making of the Atomic Bomb, […]
Oct 27, 2021
Thinking About Thinking | Episode 13
Barry talks about the tenuous yet long-term relationship between Christianity and education and why it has been fundamental to the faith, including in Judaism and the early church.       Scriptures: Deuteronomy 6:4-9 Deuteronomy 17:14-20 Deuteronomy 11:18-23   Poem: “The Second Coming”, William Butler Yeats Articles: “A Deepening Distrust of Higher Education and Other […]
Oct 20, 2021
Where Two Sides of the Grave Meet: in You | Episode 12
In his conversation with Sadducees recorded in Luke 20, Jesus teaches that the resurrection is real and establishes two things: hope for the future and change for the present.     Scriptures and Apocrypha: Luke 20:27-44 Exodus 3:1-4:17 Psalm 110 Genesis 6 Tobit 3 II Maccabees 7  
Oct 13, 2021
Believers: Not as Different as We Think We Are | Episode 11
There are some opinions or positions of our society that creep into our lives as believers. Barry talks about a few of these concepts and how we cling to them even when God disagrees; get ready to become somewhat uncomfortable.     Scriptures: Colossians 1:17 Job 32:6-10 Acts 17:28 Matthew 15:21-28   Books: Science and […]
Oct 06, 2021
What Should We Do with Power? | Episode 10
Barry talks with Jared Wellman, pastor and SBC Executive Committee member, and Rob Collingsworth about the recent happenings in the Southern Baptist Convention and a Christian’s responsibility to advocate for the vulnerable.     Scriptures: Luke 10:25-37 Matthew 23:11   Books: The God Who Is There, Francis Schaeffer   Resources: Houston Chronicle Articles: SBC […]
Oct 01, 2021
Stranger Things That Matter | Episode 9
Barry talks about some well-known Old Testament passages and how they should shape the way we see outsiders. Treating outsiders the way God in Christ does would revolutionize our lives and our world.     Scriptures: Genesis 18-19 Judges 19 Leviticus 19:17-18 and 33-34 Malachi 3:5 Acts 6:1-3 Matthew 10:5-15 Hebrews 13:1-2 I Timothy 3:1-2 […]
Sep 29, 2021
The Problem with Others Is That They Are Also People | Episode 8
The good news is, we depend on others. Wait, does that sound like bad news to you? If so, this episode is for you.   Scriptures: Mark 10:42-44 I Timothy 2:1-2 John 4:4-26 Luke 10:25-37 Poems: “The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock”, T.S. Eliot “Mending Wall”, Robert Frost
Sep 22, 2021
What if Everyone is Wrong? | Episode 7
Want to think more clearly and generously? Learn how Aristotle’s square of opposition relates to issues such as U.S. involvement in Afghanistan, the sanctity of human life, CRT, and censorship.  
Sep 15, 2021
Psalm 3: Am I David or Absalom? | Episode 6
Have you been reading the Psalms all wrong for all these years? Find out if you might have been missing an important part of reading the Psalter.   Scriptures: 2 Samuel 15 2 Samuel 17 2 Samuel 18:33 Exodus 4:22-23 Exodus 5:1 Mathew 27:43 John 17:1-2 John 18:1 Mark 14:50 Matthew 26:39 Acts 4:27  
Sep 08, 2021
Finding You by Seeing Others | Episode 5
While judgement is reserved for God, the spectacles of redemption are shared with us. May we look out and find people God created for us to see, hear, and serve. Scriptures: Romans 5:19 Daniel 9 Matthew 25 Matthew 7-8 Luke 8:42-48 John 5:2-9 Matthew 20:29-34 Jonah Books: The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis No Name in […]
Sep 01, 2021
Rare and Unresearched | Episode 4
We hear the story of a man who has seen over 15 doctors, had 21 MRIs, more medical tests than he can count, a misdiagnosis of both MS and cancer and is still looking for answers. While he does not have those, he does have God. This story will inspire you to trust the One […]
Aug 26, 2021
Cultural Christianity: Off Center | Episode 3
Sometimes the fence we put up to protect our Christianity, actually prevents us from reaching its center.   Scriptures: Luke 13: 10-17 Deuteronomy 6:4-9 Leviticus 19 Micah 6:8 Acts 1:8 Ephesians 2:8-9 Ephesians 3:6 2 Timothy 3:16-17 Luke 10:25-29 John 13:34-35 Hebrews 13:1-2    
Aug 17, 2021
Luke 22: Judas, Peter, and You | Episode 2
We walk through Luke chapter 22, showing how the same Christianity is easy to see in Jesus, but hard to see in us.   Scripture: Luke 22:3-34  
Aug 13, 2021
Terms of Peace | Episode 1
Aug 13, 2021