Murder Bears, Prostitutes, and Other Stories That Didn’t Make the Sunday School Flannelgraph (feat. Luke T. Harrington)

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It’s an honor to welcome Luke T. Harrington to the show. We discuss his 7-year odyssey that spanned 3 different publishers to actually bring this book to life. We reflect on Elisha sending out murder bears to enact vengeance on some rowdy teenagers. Luke shares his favorite bathroom humor (i.e. poop joke) story from the Old Testament. We even ponder why there are so many prostitutes casually mentioned throughout the Bible. Buckle up kids, this one’s a wild ride!

About the Book: Approximately 80 percent of Americans admit they haven’t read the Bible. If they did, they’d be pleasantly surprised by its impressive quantity of sex and poop jokes.

David danced naked. Noah was basically a moonshining hillbilly. Ezekiel baked poop bread. Herod was eaten by worms. Jesus cursed a fig tree, just to prove he could. Mark went streaking. Hosea married a prostitute. Lot was date-raped by his own daughters.

It turns out, there’s a lot of weird stuff in the Bible. Murder-Bears, Moonshine, and Mayhem is a funny look at some of the stranger tales in the Bible. From Elisha, who loosed homicidal bears on some kids because they called him bald (it’s a long story), to the story of Ehud, who gets away with assassinating a tyrannical king because his servants think said king is taking a dump (also a long story), this book examines and casts new light on some of the Bible’s stranger moments.

Organized by topic (poop, genitalia, weird violence, prostitution, gratuitous nudity, seemingly pointless miracles, and other fun stuff), Murder-Bears, Moonshine, and Mayhem is a thoroughly researched (really!), reverent, and insightful look at the amazing book at the center of our faith.

About the Author: Luke T. Harrington is the only boy who could ever reach you. He’s the son of a preacher man. He’s also a humorist, podcaster, and award-winning novelist. His debut novel, OPHELIA, ALIVE, won a 2016 IPPY, and his work has appeared in publications including CRACKED, BUZZFEED, and CHRISTIANITY TODAY. Other projects include PROJECT CONARRATIVE, a collaborative multimedia experiment with bestselling author K.B. Hoyle, and CHANGED MY MIND WITH LUKE T. HARRINGTON, his podcast where he interviews people who have changed their minds about big, important things. He lives in Wisconsin with his wife and two daughters.

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