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59 minutes | Mar 3, 2021
Dr. Dennis Edwards
Dr. Dennis Edwards is an Associate Professor of New Testament at North Park University in Chicago. During our conversation, we talk about his book, Might From The Margins: The Gospel’s Power to Turn the Tables on Injustice, the unique aspects of grace that God gives people living on the margins, and the dangers of leading people to be with and advocate for the vulnerable.
57 minutes | Feb 24, 2021
Chandra Crane is the author of Mixed Blessing: Embracing the Fullness of Your Multiethnic Identity. During our conversation, we talk about the strange gifts she has received through her seminary experience, why she remains committed to a complementarian view of the role of men and women in the church, and the opportunities we have to build the world we all want when our tables become more diverse.
59 minutes | Feb 17, 2021
Dr. Luke Bobo
Dr. Luke Bobo is the Director of Strategic Partnerships at Made to Flourish. During our conversation, we talk about ways the Church has failed in its efforts to become more diverse, how all truth is God’s truth and what we should seek to cultivate in relationships across ethnic and cultural lines.
50 minutes | Feb 10, 2021
Julie Pfeifer is a Senior Marketing Manager at Sodexo and part of the Advisory Board at the church I help lead in Athens, GA. During our conversation, we talk about the experience of loss during the pandemic, what it’s like to be adopted into a White family, and how she feels connected to her Korean ancestors through her creativity.
64 minutes | Feb 3, 2021
John Richards serves as the Pastor of Assimilation at St. Mark Baptist Church in Little Rock, AR. He is a graduate of Morehouse College, Howard University School of Law, and Fuller Theological Seminary, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Christian Leadership from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
62 minutes | Jan 27, 2021
DARRYL FORD II
Darryl Ford II serves as Pastor of Ikon Community Church in Atlanta, GA. During our conversation, we talk about growing up in Detroit, theological lessons learned in the military while stationed in Iraq, and the unique opportunity that his background in engineering and music provides as a pastor.
57 minutes | Jan 20, 2021
Tyler Burns serves as Pastor of New Dimensions Christian Center in Pensacola, FL and as President of The Witness, A Black Christian Collective. Our conversation focuses on the ups-and-downs of leading a church and the need for communities that exist primarily for BIPOC Christians.
55 minutes | Jan 13, 2021
Dr. CJ Rhodes is the Pastor of Mt. Helm Baptist Church in Jackson, MS, while also serving in other roles at Wesley Biblical Seminary, Alcorn State University, Clergy Prison Reform and The AND Campaign. During our conversation, we talk about the recent insurrection in Washington, D.C., the history of civil rights in the state of Mississippi, the ongoing trauma of racial injustice, and the tools available to us as we try to make sense of what’s wrong in the world.
49 minutes | Jan 6, 2021
DR. ROBERT CHAO ROMERO
Dr. Robert Chao Romero is Associate Professor of Chicana/o and Central American Studies at UCLA. During our conversation, I ask lots of questions about his book, Brown Church: Five Centuries of Latina/o Social Justice, Theology and Identity. I learned so much and I think you will, too!
56 minutes | Dec 16, 2020
Dr. Drew Hart
Dr. Drew G.I. Hart is Assistant Professor of Theology at Messiah University in Mechanicsburg, PA. He is also the author of Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing The Way The Church Views Racism and Who Will Be A Witness: Igniting Activism for God’s Justice, Love and Deliverance. We talk about his story, what the Church is learning about racism and the resources God provides for us to actively pursue justice together. You can thank Dr. Hart by buying a copy of his books and checking out an episode of the Inverse Podcast!
58 minutes | Dec 9, 2020
Dr. Alex Jun
Dr. Alexander Jun is Professor of Higher Education at Azusa Pacific University in Southern California. He is the author of multiple books and won 1st place at the 2020 ROAR Story Slam in Los Angeles (you should really take 5 minutes to watch his performance!). He is also a ruling elder at New Life Presbyterian Church in Fullerton, CA and in 2017 was elected as Moderator of the 45th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America.
78 minutes | Dec 2, 2020
James Roberson is the Lead Pastor of The Bridge Church in Brooklyn, NY. During our conversation, we talk about his conversion experience, what it took to convince his wife to plant a church in Brooklyn and what it was like to live in his neighborhood as the pandemic began and after the announcement that Joe Biden had been elected as President. Also, make sure to check out Pray March Act, an organization James helped start to help the Church speak out against injustice.
7 minutes | Nov 24, 2020
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61 minutes | Nov 18, 2020
Cam Triggs is Lead Pastor of Grace Alive in Orlando, FL, and the Director of Urban Apologetics for the Jude 3 Project. During our conversation, we talk about growing up in Jacksonville, FL, playing guitar, the theological mash-up of being exposed to Reformed theology while part of a Black Baptist church and the joys and challenges of planting a multi-ethnic church. After you listen to our conversation, check out Cam’s latest article over at the Jude 3 Project.
53 minutes | Nov 11, 2020
Race and Justice Q&A
On this episode, Matt answers a question about diversity in the church, the limitations of white evangelicals’ approach to confronting racism and shares a framework for leading a church in the work of racial justice.
32 minutes | Nov 4, 2020
Race and Politics Q&A
On this episode, Matt answers questions about why the church is so divided along the lines of race and politics, as well as the tools needed to repair what racism has broken and what it takes to build a better future together.
57 minutes | Oct 27, 2020
Derrick Puckett is Pastor of Renewal Church of Chicago and President of The Chicago Partnership. During our conversation, we talk about growing up in Gary, IN, how his wife was instrumental in his decision to become an apprentice of Jesus, and how God has used his entrepreneurial tendencies to start multiple organizations that bless college campuses, cities and the world.
65 minutes | Oct 21, 2020
Lamont English is the Assistant Director for MTW West Coast while also serving as an intern at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church in Sacramento, CA. During our conversation, we talked about growing up in San Diego, Lamont’s journey from the Black church into the PCA, and the challenges that come from being “Presbyterian while Black”.
60 minutes | Oct 14, 2020
Jerome Gay is the founding and teaching pastor of Vision Church in Raleigh, NC. During our conversation, we talk about growing up in Washington, D.C., pastoring in an urban context and a more nuanced way to understand and talk about racism. Jerome’s brand new book, The Whitewashing of Christianity: A Hidden Past, A Hurtful Present and A Hopeful Future, is available now.
66 minutes | Oct 7, 2020
Paul Little is the Pastor-Teacher of Bibb Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Macon. GA. Our conversation covers what it’s like to pastor in your hometown, the role of technology in ministry and the legacy and ongoing reality of systemic racism today.
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