In this episode Andrew sits down for a raucous and fun conversation with his friend Jim “Duckie” Laurent about anxiety, OCD, counseling vs. spiritual direction, grace and nature, the struggle of being a single man, and the glories of Barry White as a motivational tool.
The Counter Position Episode 261- Insomnia, Storage Room Confessions, and An Atheist Walks Into a Catholic Coffeebar
In this episode Andrew talks about working a 12 hour shift on 2 hours sleep, having his confession heard in the storage/dish room, on having friends as priests who hear your confession, and going through an entire dinner and hot tub sessioin without speaking English. Then, he relays the story of a nice atheist guy with a philosphy background who came into his shop, talking about abortion from a philosophy perspective, how to "move the conversation backward" to more fundamental presuppositons where a real conversation can take place, and a rabbit trail on how man can be defined as "the animal that can't be encapsulated by where or how it gets it's nutrition."
The Counter Position Episode 260- Run Andrew Run, Homo Screenibus, Go Blue!!, and Tyranny is the New Freedom
In this epsisode Andrew recounts more drama-laden travel experiences, including a flashback to the Open Mile. Then, he talks about a guy watching naughtiness on the plane, his experience of finding it nearly impossible not to look at a screen in his site in the dark space, and how we evolving into Man the Screenwatcher. After talking about his purchase of a Michigan hat accidentally enrolled him into a cult he never really knew about, Andrew explores how the Russia’s popularity among the Alt-Right is evidence of a movement away from Libertarianism to Nationalism on the right.
The Counter Position Episode 258- Snow Traffic, Titan Tweeting, Worship on The Voice, and Musings on P&W
In this episode Andrew rants about the snow and its ironic effect on traffic, shares how he got a Twitter response out of Tim Ferris about his new book Tools of Titans, and relays how Christian Cuevas did a full on praise and worship song on The Voice, predicting he moved on, checking live, and being wrong on the air. Then, Andrew explores the history of his relationship with worship music, the nature of it, it’s place in the mass, and his recent reengagement with it when he visited Bloom in Denver. Along the way he defines a new tradition of doing “PSA/Blinding Flash of the Obvious”. https://toolsoftitans.com
The Counter Position Episode 257- CA Recap, Dead Batteries & Beautiful Work, Normal Psychology, and Can You Fell it?
In this episode Andrew recaps the rest of his trip to CA, details his non-surprise of a dead battery and the joy of watching the skilled guy check and change it, then turns to Susan Baars’ lecture series The Abode of Love and recounts a couple of ideas, including the fact that there is a “normal psychology” and the relationship between feeling and emotion, plus that relation’s affect on the spiritual life.
The Abode of Love: Developing the Heart
In this episode a happy, but rode weary and underslept Andrew posts up next to the beach in Ventura, CA to talk about travel fun, LA traffic, dead espresso machines, the lessons we can learn from little kids, how parents have super powers, and the next installment of his long time love affair with Over the Rhine.
“The Counter Position” is a new show by Andrew Whaley, founder of the apostolate Calix. Andrew brings his unique take on things from over 20 years of studying philosophy, theology, art, business, and design while processing those ideas daily over the bar in his coffeehouses with people of all walks of life, most of them being the unchurched/dechurched. Feverishly interested in everything, Andrew covers a wide array of topics, spiritual and otherwise, with his hallmark brand of edgy self-deprecating humor, intellectual speculation, and deep wonder. Interviews range from major Catholic figures and intellectuals to interesting characters with good story or an insight to bring. So, if you’re interested in a new form of Catholic radio, buckle up and tune in.