Jonathan Merritt

We talk to author (and frequent RELEVANT contributor) Jonathan Merritt about his new book, A Faith of Our Own.

Plus, podcast legend Adam Smith returns for a new Rambo of the Month, your world record feedback and more ...

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A Faith of Our Own - book trailer (Jonathan Merritt)

Jonathan Merritt's new book, A Faith of Our Own: Following Jesus Beyond the Culture Wars, is a provocative yet hopeful look at how Christians can engage the ...

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Notable Jokes & Runs

14:27 - Cameron teases the Rambo of the Month segment coming up. Calvin and Jesse joke about side effects since recording the segment.

16:32 - Jokes about the title of the film Piranha 3DD. They joke about the fourth dimension of moviegoing. A run about an update of Titanic viewed from under the boat, or the perspective of the iceberg.

43:40 - Adam Smith returns for Rambo of the Month / Quarter.

48:08 - Adam begins Rambo X: Rambo vs. Mecha Rambo.

58:58 - Adam talks about the Rambo cartoon his brother made, and the Ask Rambo segment, and announces the new website.

59:42 - Adam reads one of the Ask Rambo segments.

67:25 - Jesse tells the story of the car chase that resulted from his first time out driving.

Notable Guest Moments

32:36 - Introduction to Jonathan Merritt.

Other Notable Moments

0:34 - Maya returns after missing a week. Calvin's first podcast with Maya.

1:02 - They talk about Arsenio Hall winning Celebrity Apprentice.

2:38 - Cameron talks about analytics revealing that the podcast is downloaded 85,000 to 105,000 times every week. He talks about 10% of podcast listeners actually subscribing to the magazine. Cameron suggests starting the Relevant Podcast Twitter and Facebook page. Also, listener and subscriber demographics. Jesse jokes about a forced listenership in Scandinavia.

12:36 - Cameron talks about podcast crew portraits they made into posters and gave away to unsuspecting subscribers a few years ago.

19:31 - Jesse's slice about an Animal Planet show about mer-apes.

22:09 - Maya's slice about a 51 year old man in New York who continued collecting his mother's Social Security checks by dressing up as her.

23:56 - Calvin's slice about a teen in Michigan who discovered a finger in a sandwich from Arby's. His list of the top five things he'd be okay finding a finger in.

62:23 - Feedback to Question of the Week: "What is your favorite world record?"

64:57 - Discussion of this week's Editorial Question of the Week.

Tagline - "If you are listening to this podcast and it's dark, you're gonna want to turn the lights on. 'Cause things are about to get real."

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Question of the Week

What was your best summer ever?

Due to the holiday and this being a 3-day weekend, it feels like summer is finally here! So this week we want to know from you, what was your best summer ever?

To discuss your answer with the podcast crew and possibly appear on the podcast, email us your Skype name and we might just put you on next week's episode. Email us at



Anonymous commented…

And that's why you're awesome, Chad.

Spend all that time making awesome stuff for the website, the mag, and RTV, plus the podcast, AND you still take the time out to answer my music questions. Every time.

Thanks for working so hard, and for being cool.
Next time Cameron is out of town, you should host the podcast. But still be behind the glass.... if there is glass to be behind in the new(er) studio.


AKJessi commented…

So sad that you all are knocking Zunes. I love my Zune! And when that dies, I will have my Zune on my Windows phone. Don't knock it if you haven't actually used it! And to Jesse...I live in Alaska, so fortunately it is light here, and your slice didn't scare me.

Mike Kjergaard


Mike Kjergaard commented…

Loved the podcast! The Rambo thing was hilarious. By the way, I'm 46 years old. And a print subscriber too (but just recently starting reading on my iPad). I'm a long-time Podcast listener, but this is the first time I've commented (one of the lazy 100,000). My 17 year old son listens regularly too (I guess we are the anomalies). Keep up the good work,


scperdomo commented…

What song was the pick of the week? I couldn't make out the band name, but the song was "Vultari" or something like that?

Gladys Talarico


Gladys Talarico commented…

In the event you click on the little widget in the post that has brewing supplies, you will notice a demijohn (huge glass jug) there, and you may click on to purchase it on amazon, or look for it at a brewing provide retailer.

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