Board Game Faith

The intersection of board gaming, spirituality, and religion

About the show

We explore the intersection of board games, religious faith, and spirituality with the verve and ironic hilarity of the 21st century. The co-hosts are Christian pastors who ask, what does it mean theologically that we as humans like to play games? Be ready for deep thoughts, dad jokes, and board game obsession.

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  • Episode 8: Accessibility, Community, and Neurodiversity, with Chelsey Hillyer

    June 26th, 2022  |  1 hr 12 mins
    a gentle rain, azul, charterstone, gametek, jojo rabbit, life is beautiful, neurodiversity, no thanks!, pandemic

    Rev. Chelsey Hillyer joins us to chat about creating accessibility around board games so everyone is welcome to be themselves, find satisfaction with their game play, and empowered to have fun. We discuss ADHD, games as protest, and how play can create deep presence and community.

  • Episode 7: Book Club! The Grasshopper ch. 3 and Defining Games

    June 12th, 2022  |  55 mins 54 secs
    bernard suits, book club, delight, game theory, obstsacles, quran

    What is a game, and why might it matter? Suits says that games are "the voluntary attempt to overcome unnecessary obstacles,"
    and we mull over this, along with wondering if there is any basis for thinking God delights in games too.

  • Episode 6: Board Games that Teach

    May 29th, 2022  |  1 hr 4 mins
    board games, education, morality, teaching

    What can, and should, board teach us? We explore didactic board games that have a message, and what sort of indirect messages board games can also give us.

  • Episode 5: Board Games and Islam

    May 15th, 2022  |  1 hr 1 min
    board games, dice, gambling, islam, religion, saudi arabia, spirituality

    Our very first guest! Ali Karar (@karar2k) joins us to discuss hobby board gaming as a Muslim in Saudi Arabia. We discuss board games as a catalyst for socializing, religious limits to board games, and the role of board games in families. Come learn with us.

  • Episode 4: Book Club! The Grasshopper by Bernard Suits ch. 1

    May 1st, 2022  |  52 mins 49 secs
    bernard suits, game theory, grasshopper, sabbath

    Are $5K board gaming tables worth it? And what do we make of Bernard Suits' book The Grasshopper ch. 1, where the Grasshopper gladly dies in the winter for having played too many games?

  • Episode 3: Is Play Essential to the Human Experience?

    April 17th, 2022  |  55 mins
    board games, community, play, religion, spirituality

    After naming some recently revisited games, Daniel discusses some lessons learned at a recent conference on play. Is play essential to the human experience? The discussion moves into play as a means of grace.

  • Episode 2: Six reasons board games are spiritual

    April 3rd, 2022  |  58 mins 13 secs
    board games, community, religion, spirituality

    Daniel & Kevin have … a list show! What are our top 3 ways that board games can be spiritual and authentically human? The lists are different, but not completely, and then there's a bonus round.

  • Episode 1: Initial Thoughts

    March 10th, 2022  |  46 mins 10 secs
    board games, religion, theology

    Daniel recommends books on board games and human identity, does his Bene Gesserit voice, and points to the role of divination in the Bible. Kevin makes fun of John Wesley, professes his love for legacy games. They conspire to make lots of money off of Biblical board games that are just drawing lots and casting dice.