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38 minutes | Aug 19, 2014
055 – George Grant on Being Good News to the Community
In this special edition of the Gospel Neighboring Podcast, we're treated to Dr George Grant speaking on the most enduring of all Gospel Neighboring topics: how to eschew programs and even podcasts (!) in favor of the timeless and simple relationship-centered means of Jesus to bring the gospel to a neighborhood. This episode is only just half of the goods. Next week we'll feature his second address. Thanks to Outreach North America, the church planting agency of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (of which Daniel and Andy are a part) for sponsoring this event and for allowing us to publish Dr Grant's talk here. And most of all, thanks to George Grant for spending the day with us. It's an honor to count him as a friend and mentor-at-a-distance. Enjoy!
36 minutes | Aug 8, 2014
054 – Matt Hoskinson of First Baptist NYC
About Matt Matt Hoskinson is the 19th pastor of The First Baptist Church in the City of New York, a Manhattan congregation that is older than the USA, beginning in the 1740s. He holds a PhD in theology, and has recently published Assurance of Salvation: Implications of a New Testament Theology of Hope. What is Gospel Neighboring? "It sounds like the second great commandment, to love our neighbor as ourselves as we do justice and do good so as to share the mercy of Christ with others." Matt's Favorite Gospel Neighboring Quote: "He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." - Micah 6:8 "Evangelism is a multi-story building with each level representing a different stage of our relationship with non-Christians." (An image borrowed from Tim Keller) Important Lessons Learned in Gospel Neighboring It is easy to unintentionally cloud the gospel with cultural topics of discussion. It is tempting to imitate another successful church, but each church needs to minister uniquely to their neighborhood and context. Neighboring and church planting is often 'trial and error'. Sometimes it takes root, but sometimes it doesn't. Action for the Next 24 Hours Do a prayer walk in your neighborhood, and pray for specific people. If you live in a rural area, then do a prayer drive. Chris' Final Bit of Gospel Neighboring Wisdom Imagine where you would be apart from God's grace. Chris' Essential Gospel Neighboring Resources Ministries of Mercy by Tim Keller Generous Justice by Tim Keller Center Church by Tim Keller Good Book Company Mathias Media Connect with Chris FBC of NYC Website FBCNYC's Twitter Facebook Matt's Twitter Matt's Blog
46 minutes | Jun 3, 2014
053 – Chris Smith and ‘Slow Church’
About Chris Chris Smith is editor of The Englewood Review of Books, and a member of the Englewood Christian Church Community on the urban Near Eastside of Indianapolis. Englewood is one of the churches whose experiences gave root to the concept of Slow Church. Chris’s recent work has appeared in Books and Culture,Sojourners, The Christian Century and Indiana Green Living. In addition to co-writing the Slow Church book, he has also written a short book that narrates the story of the practice of conversation at Englewood Christian Church, titled: The Virtue of Dialogue: Conversation as a Hopeful Practice of Church Communities. What is Gospel Neighboring? "A church bearing witness to God's reconciling all things in a particular neighborhood. The church matters. Reconciliation matters. Neighborhoods matter." Chris' Favorite Gospel Neighboring Quote: "God is transforming creation. If we slow down and stay put long enough, we too will be changed into the likeness of Christ. The scope of our vision will also be changed. Instead of speaking in broad generalities about changing the world, we will find ourselves free to imagine in more specific ways the transformation of our own particular places. We can trust that God is orchestrating the renewal of all creation and that God will raise up people in other places who will care for those places as much as we care for ours." - Slow Church, p. 74 Important Lessons Learned in Gospel Neighboring Don't be afraid to fail even if you have reservations going into something. Be grateful for the positive things that come out of the attempt of ministry and mission, even if it was "largely" a failure. Living in close proximity to one another allows for more creative, vibrant participation in a community. Action for the Next 24 Hours Learn to appreciate what God has given us in our church communities by creating spaces where we might learn to talk together. Chris' Final Bit of Gospel Neighboring Wisdom God is working in our midst and has not left us alone. We walk through life with a community of people in a place we might be rooted for a long period of time. Chris' Essential Gospel Neighboring Resources Jesus and Community by Gerhard Lohfink Does God Need the Church? by Gerhard Lohfink Food and Faith by Norman Wirzba Ekklesia Project Connect with Chris Chris' Blog Facebook Twitter Englewood Review of Books
43 minutes | Apr 17, 2014
052 – Deep Church
About the Author Jim Belcher Jim is best known for his widely acclaimed, award-winning book, Deep Church: A Third Way Beyond Emerging and Traditional (InterVarsity Press, 2009), which won Christianity Today's 2010 Best Book Award and Leadership Jou...
38 minutes | Apr 9, 2014
051 – Zach Hoag
About Zach "I’m Zach J. Hoag, a church planter and missional minister from the least religious city in the least religious state in the U.S. – Burlington, Vermont. I wrote a book called Nothing but the Blood: The Gospel According to Dexter, and I curate The Antioch Session, an initiative advancing Creative Christianity. Most importantly, I binge-watch cable TV dramas and play in the snow with my family." What is Gospel Neighboring? Gospel Neighboring cuts against the grain of the 'gospel-centered' branding (which tends to truncate 'the gospel' into penal substitutionary atonement) and calls the church back to the whole life of the gospel community --- to loving God and loving our neighbor. Zach's Favorite Gospel Neighboring Quote: "I'm not that interested in Christianity. But to be a Christian is to be made a participant in an ongoing history of God’s care of the world through the promise of the people of Israel, who we know as Jews, and the integration of Gentiles into that people through the crucifixion, resurrection and ascension of Christ.Our world is filled with God’s presence through people who do small things, the neighborly things, that help us discover what God’s peace is like.” - Stanley Hauerwas (See this 4-minute video of Hauerwas talking about what it means to be a Christian.) Important Lessons Learned in Gospel Neighboring Missional practitioners tend to fall into the trap of trying to 'build a thing' rather than trying to grow a community through loving and serving our neighbors. Failure is something that gives birth to real kingdom growth and impact. Be passionate about people, and keep the focus there, or else you'll be seen as driving an agenda---even if your desire is to see an authentic new church formed in your community. Action for the Next 24 Hours People will know us by our love, not our agenda. The most practical thing we can do is find someone truly local to us, and simply love them. Zach's Final Bit of Gospel Neighboring Wisdom "What the world needs now are signposts of what’s ahead, markers for the new world just around the corner. The world does not need heroes; the world does not need more messiah complexes. The world does not need Christians who want to ride in on a white horse to save the day. What the world needs are witnesses. Nothing more and nothing less. The earth needs people who can bear witness to the ways in which the world has already changed through the resurrection o
60 minutes | Mar 20, 2014
050 – The Best of 50 Episodes!
In this special 50th episode, we've pulled together a compilation of the juiciest, most challenging, most gospelicious quotes from all of our interviewees, along with our rambling, self-deprecating commentary. Daniel reflects on how our guests have taught us that Gospel Neighboring depends on a moment-by-moment sensitivity to the promptings of the Spirit of God as we seek to discern 'what's next' with particular neighbors and friends. Andy wrestles with the tension between the 'ordinary means of mission', which occurs in the context of our normal everyday rhythms of life among people who know, like, and trust us, on the one hand, and the call to go outside our social, class, and ethnic contexts in order to practice Gospel Neighboring, on the other hand. Enjoy!
36 minutes | Mar 14, 2014
049 – Keith Wasserman on Language and Personal Neighboring
About Keith Keith Wasserman is the Founder and Executive Director of Good Works, Inc which seeks to "serve the vulnerable, the voiceless and the powerless in rural Appalachia...create a loving COMMUNITY OF HOPE where those struggling with homelessness, poverty and recovery issues can experience God’s LOVE, identify their FAITH and develop HOPE: the ability to see beyond their circumstances, crisis and emotions and the moral strength to persevere into the future of possibilities...to improve the quality of life of those we serve by helping each person make connections with people, programs, services and opportunities in our community." What is Gospel Neighboring? "How do we translate the good news of Jesus to those around us through both proclamation and demonstration?" Keith's Favorite Gospel Neighboring Quote: "One great reason why the rich, in general, have so little sympathy for the poor, is, because they so seldom visit them. Hence it is, that, according to the common observation, one part of the world does not know what the other suffers. Many of them do not know, because they do not care to know: they keep out of the way of knowing it; and then plead their voluntary ignorances an excuse for their hardness of heart." - John Wesley Important Lessons Learned in Gospel Neighboring We need to develop a "theology of failure." When people say that they "care for the poor" we need to ask, "Okay, what are their names?" Faith must be spelled R-I-S-K. We aren't risking something, we just have talk, not faith. We need to be careful of labeling people. Instead of calling people "homeless" it is more dignifying to say that there are people "currently without a home." There is a correlation between one's lack of commercial television and one's interaction with the needy. Action for the Next 24 Hours Pray and ask, "Lord, what are the questions I should carry in my soul." Then walk around your neighborhood and ask God for "eyes to see" the needs and opportunities. Keith's Final Bit of Gospel Neighboring Wisdom Our love for God and love for our neighbor are mystically inseparable. Keith's Essential Gospel Neighboring Resources Being the Body by Chuck Colson Compassion, Justice and the Christian Life: Rethinking Ministry to the Poor Bob Lupton A Christian Worldview When Helping Hurts: How To Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor or Yourself by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert Connect with Keith Good Works Fa
46 minutes | Mar 7, 2014
048 – David Fitch on Practicing Presence
About David David Fitch is B. R. Lindner Chair of Evangelical Theology at Northern Seminary Chicago, IL. He is also the founding pastor of Life on the Vine Christian Community- a missional church in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. He coaches a network of church plants in the C&MA linked to Life on the Vine. He writes on the issues the local church must face in Mission including cultural engagement, leadership and theology and has lectured and presented on these topics at many seminaries, graduate schools, denominational gatherings and conferences. His most recent book, co-authored with Geoff Holsclaw, is Prodigal Christianity: 10 Signposts into the Missional Frontier. What is Gospel Neighboring? We should 'be the gospel' and not just argue for the gospel. It makes no sense to argue for the gospel unless it is compelling through how we live our lives. So we enflesh the gospel and are present with our neighbors. David's Favorite Gospel Neighboring Quote: "The chaos and misery of our lives is the raw material out of which God is making his new creation." - N.T. Wright "I urge you to ignore the criticisms that come from people like me. Forgive me and ignore me." - Some Missio Alliance Chap Important Lessons Learned in Gospel Neighboring The cultivation and suffering of every day takes years to manifest fruit in a neighborhood. We need to have a "stick to it" mentality when it comes to our neighborhood. We need to "hear the voice of God" as we are on mission, but it takes the entire church to discern the Spirit. Focusing too much on "community" can keep the church introverted. Having a meal in your home with neighbors is potential Eucharist. Action for the Next 24 Hours Practice being present with your neighbors. Be with your neighbors and listen to them because the Holy Spirit is present in your interactions. David's Final Bit of Gospel Neighboring Wisdom The key to sustaining life is presence. God's presence in us and us being present to him. David's Essential Gospel Neighboring Resources Prodigal Christianity by David Fitch Christianity Rediscovered by Vincent Donovan Relational Pastor by Andrew Root Connect with David Twitter Email David's Blog
44 minutes | Feb 27, 2014
047 – Mark Upton
About Mark Mark is the co-founder of Hope Community Church in Charlotte, NC. He grew up attending church and met Jesus while chasing girls at a post-game middle school dance. Mark was instrumental both in Daniel's conversion at a youth camp in Florida in 1999, and in Andy's call to church planting as one of his assessors. What is Gospel Neighboring? "Treating other people the way Jesus treats you. Jesus the Son could have chosen to stay in glory forever, enjoying the Father and Spirit, but he didn't. He condescended to look down upon creation with compassion, and upon me, and pursued me by moving into my world. He literally met me while I was chasing girls. And he is still pursuing me, speaking the truth in love to me in ways I can understand. Gospel Neighboring is joining Jesus and his Father, who is always at work, in what he's up to. Sometimes what he's up to is redeeming me, and sometimes it's neighbor." Mark's Favorite Gospel Neighboring Quote: "When a Christian sees prostitutes, alcoholics, drug addicts, refugees, he knows he is looking in the mirror." - Tim Keller, Ministries of Mercy: The Call of the Jericho Road Important Lessons Learned in Gospel Neighboring God intends to use the body of Christ to draw people to himself. People need to belong to the body in some way before they can believe what that body believes. Don't become too dependent on your evangelism or teaching gifts and think you can communicate the gospel apart from the context of the body of Christ. To do so is arrogance. As Steve Childers says, teaching, outreach, worship, fellowship, mercy ministry are the 5 components of a healthy church. Mercy ministry must be included. "If your church doesn't not only have a mercy ministry, but love mercy, then it doesn't understand the gospel." The best models for Gospel Neighboring are those who are willing to become a fool for Jesus, going into contexts to minister to people instead of making them come to you. Action for the Next 24 Hours Ask someone you trust what it's like to be in a relationship with you. Believe by faith that God is looking to work redemptively through you, but also to work redemptively in you. Begin by removing the planks in your own eye and you'll be ready to remove the specks in others' eyes. Mark's Final Bit of Gospel Neighboring Wisdom If you focus on how much you need the gospel yourself in everyday life, God will continuously bring you people who need the same grace you've been giv
44 minutes | Feb 21, 2014
046 – Jo Saxton of 3dm
About Jo Jo Saxton is a Director/Communicator with 3Dm. She is based in Minneapolis where she is a wife to Chris and mom (British translation "mum") to Tia and Zoe. Born in London, she is a fan of Ian McEwan, Lord of the Rings. But she even enjoys lower forms of Americn culture such as X-Men and Toy Story 3. More seriously, Jo and her family are on mission together. What is Gospel Neighboring? Being good news in the neighborhood. We don't need an extra paragraph to be a gospel neighbor. We just need to do it. Jo's Favorite Gospel Neighboring Quote: "Get it done." (American translation, "Git er done!") "All in to go all out." Important Lessons Learned in Gospel Neighboring Success is being faithful. People will see the gospel if you are living close to enough to them. Look into your own denomination/tradition's history for wisdom on gospel neighboring. Being "on mission" is not an add on. Look at the life you already have. Is your heart ready? Is your home ready? Is your family ready? There has to be a place for us to do "family" where different ethnicities and genders feel safe in our household. It's okay to slow down so that everyone in your family can get on board. Action for the Next 24 Hours Look for a "Person of Peace" (Luke 10). Jo's Final Bit of Gospel Neighboring Wisdom Reflect on what Jesus has done for you and how he has been good news to you, and that will remind you of why it's worth being a gospel neighbor. Jo Saxton's Essential Gospel Neighboring Resources Verge Network Leading Missional Communities by Mike Breen and 3DM The Gospel of Matthew David and Goliath by Malcom Gladwell More than Enchanting by Jo Saxton Connect with Jo firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook Twitter
49 minutes | Feb 18, 2014
Sarah Hope Dickert on Moving Into the Neighborhood
About Sarah Sarah Hope Dickert graduated from Erskine College and with her husband Donald was called by God to relocate from suburban Charleston, SC to move into one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in inner city Memphis, TN. What is Gospel Neighboring? It simply means being a Christian. Instead of your primary interactions being with church friends who are just like you, you intentionally befriend people who are different than you, either socio-economically, religiously, racially, or otherwise. Being a good neighbor means listening well. Sarah's Favorite Gospel Neighboring Quote: "When you come across those who are economically poor, you cannot say to them 'pick yourself up by your bootstraps' because you certainly didn't do that spiritually. And you cannot say 'I won't help you because you got yourself into this mess' since God moved into your spiritually poor neighborhood, as it were, and helped you even though your spiritual problems were your own fault. My experience as a pastor is that those who are middle class in spirit tend to be indifferent to the poor, while people who embrace the gospel of grace and our spiritually poor find their hearts gravitating toward the materially poor." - Tim Keller, Generous Justice: How God's Grace Makes Us Just Important Lessons Learned in Gospel Neighboring If you want to practically be a reconciler, you have to be willing to say 'I'm sorry' when perhaps you've made a mis-step in a culturally ambiguous situation. Our job is faithfulness, not 'success'. When you go 'all in' with a neighborhood, then its problems become your problems. And when he calls you to Gospel Neighboring, you're going to suffer---and you'll need a robust theology of suffering. Raising your children to be disciples of Jesus who are on mission is primary, while providing them the best education in a safe environment is a more secondary concern. A Christian community engaged in Gospel Neighboring in the US can look and feel a lot like a long-term missions team in an overseas context. Action for the Next 24 Hours Try getting a map of your neighborhood, and every time you meet someone, write their name down on the map where they live, along with whatever you've learned about them. Pray for them. Then, when you bump into them, they have in the mean time become "the people whose specific needs you've been praying for" instead of "that person I met once before." Finally, just dig in. Sarah Hope's Final Bit of
40 minutes | Feb 13, 2014
044 – Leading Kingdom Movements
About the Author Mike Breen With 3 decades of missional ministry experience in England and the United States, Mike now heads up 3DM, headquartered in Pawleys Island, SC. 3DM exists to fuel and resource the missional movement through books, learning communities, and other tools. Mike is married to Sally, and they have grown children. Mike was discovering and developing the concept of missional communities in post-Christian England long before the term and concept came into common parlance. He’s the author of an array of books on discipleship and mission. And he taught Andy about Shandy — a summery blend of beer and Sprite — which pretty much changed Andy’s life. Leading Kingdom Movements is part of a trajectory of books on how discipleship in a family on mission is the call of the people of God. Big Ideas This book explores how Jesus took 12 rather unimpressive men, poured himself into them through a process of discipleship, and changed the world through them in just a few generations. Movements have to be dynamic, reproducible, and low-overhead. It can't cost tons of money or you'll never multiply disciples in a movemental sense. Plunder Kingdom movements must be equally transformative and reproducible. Movement originators don't have to have their hands on everything all their time; real movements take on a life of their own. Kingdom churches emphasize both covenant and kingdom. Most churches veer to one or the other. Covenant-oriented churches are tight-knit, gospel-articulate, loving congregations focused on communion with God, though they sometimes don't see the fruit of evangelism and outreach that they would like. Kingdom-oriented churches make waves and bring people into the church in droves, but often don' thane the sustainable elements of communion with God to hang on for the long term. Kingdom breakthrough: Breen puts a kingdom spin on the classic SWOT analysis. Stewardship in kingdom movements will involve not just giving, but also sharing and making. We can't lean only on the giving of the people to the church budget. We also have to do life together so much so that we are constantly meeting one another's needs, naturally. We also need to engage imaginatively and entrepreneurially, pressing our gifts and skills into the kingdom to propel our movement forward. What is mission? - Mission is simply the outward expression of what your community's inner vision is. "The message is communicating outwardly what
31 minutes | Feb 10, 2014
043 – Hotel New Jerusalem – our forthcoming book
Today we mix the usual self-depricating banter with a discussion of a book we're working on. The title is Hotel New Jerusalem: Gospel Hospitality from Creation to New Creation. We're preaching through the Bible in 11 sermons with 'gospel hospitality' as our thematic grid. When we're all through, we'll book-ify them (you know, make them readable) and serve them up to you all. Listen in on our conversation about what provoked this interest in a relatively seldom-explored biblical category.
52 minutes | Feb 5, 2014
042 – Tomi Grover on Human Trafficking
About Tomi Tomi is a speaker, author, and advocate for the church's faithful gospel response to human trafficking. She has studied criminal justice, practiced law enforcement, and holds a PhD from Southwestern Baptist Seminary in social work and ministry. She is an 'entrepre-missionary', working in the non-profit sector. She is the author of Compelled, a sober look at the present state of human trafficking and a compelling call to the church to take action. She has worked for the Traffick Stop. Her spiritual gift is to teach, and her "Ezekiel call" is to press against the atrocity of human trafficking through the church. She is an adjunct professor at Dallas Baptist University. What is Gospel Neighboring? "Living out the incarnational truth of Christ's work in our lives. Jesus called us to love God completely and love our neighbor as ourselves. When we live our lives 'vertically', in relationship to God, we will have many opportunities to live out this relationship 'horizontally' in love to our neighbor." Tomi's Favorite Gospel Neighboring Quote: "If you'll learn to be content with what you have … I'll never leave you nor forsake you." - Hebrews 13:5 Important Lessons Learned in Gospel Neighboring Getting the big picture of what God is up to in the world is important in order to faithfully live out what you've learned in the moment of opportunity. Sometimes people don't want to hear what you see, if you have the view from 30,000 feet. When educating people for Gospel Neighboring, it helps to give people the opportunity to "eat the elephant, one bite at a time". "There's nothing like a 'WHY' to keep people energized and focused for a task." Action for the Next 24 Hours "Prayer is the work. Ministry is the reward. If people will begin praying that God would show them the WHAT, the WHY, and the HOW with respect to their response to human trafficking, God will show them." Tomi's Final Bit of Gospel Neighboring Wisdom Jesus will not leave us as orphans. We are Gospel Neighbors because he first Gospel-Neighbored us. Tomi's Essential Gospel Neighboring Resources Compelled by Tomi Grover In Our Backyard: A Christian Perspective on Human Trafficking in the United States by Nita Belles Good News About Injustice: A Witness of Courage in a Hurting World by Gary Haugen Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof Connect with Tomi Tomi's website. Twitter. Facebook.
40 minutes | Jan 20, 2014
038 – Kirk Irwin on Neighboring Creatives
About Kirk Kirk Irwin is currently the Executive Director of the Friday Arts Project, and he works with CRU to minister to artists in Rock Hill. He has previously served the arts community in New York City where he was a member of Redeemer Presbyterian Church. Kirk is a reader, dabbler in poetry, and adorer of his wife, Sarah. He and his wife Sara keep the world updated on their happenings at Bird and Key. What is Gospel Neighboring? "Being the human being God has created me to be. So, even neighbors who image God in this manner without actually believing in God." Favorite Gospel Neighboring Quotes: "Jesus did not come to make us Christian. He came to make us fully human." - Hans Rookmaaker Important Lessons Learned in Gospel Neighboring Learning to treat the gospel as a treasure rather than a tract. If the kingdom of God is like a pearl of great price, we need to treat it preciously which is the benefit of the arts. The church needs to live as a "city within a city", to live Christianly while still loving one's city. Because of the innate knowledge all human beings have that there is a Creator, we have the privilege to walk alongside our neighbors and introduce them to moments where they ponder this innate knowledge. Action for the Next 24 Hours "Go to an art museum with a neighbor, and go there with complete cognitive openness." Kirk's Final Bit of Gospel Neighboring Wisdom Gospel Neighboring should "dazzle gradually" through the form of story, not an argument. Kirk's Essential Gospel Neighboring Resources Finding Common Ground by Tim Downs Questioning Evangelism by Randy Newman Imagine: A Vision for Christians in the Arts, by Steve Turner Flannery O' Connor's Collected Works Image Journal Connect with Kirk Twitter Facebook Friday Arts Project Bird and Key Dazzle Gradually (Friday Arts Project Conference) (Jan 31-Feb 1)
38 minutes | Jan 9, 2014
036 – Gino Curcuruto: Chiropractor and Gospel Neighbor
About Gino Gino Curcuruto is a Calfiornia-born Sicilian chiropractor in South Jersey leading a gospel community on mission to their neighbors. What is Gospel Neighboring? "A gospel neighbor is one who demonstrates and declares the good news to our neighbors. The gospel is news and implies action and not just information. News implicates you to take action." Favorite Gospel Neighboring Quotes: "Children tend to look like their fathers. We have a Father in Heaven who allows us to bear the family resemblance as we love and serve others as he does." Important Lessons Learned in Gospel Neighboring God loves you not because you you're a great missionary on your block, but because he has adopted you as his child and sent Jesus to redeem you. God is reaching you through your reaching your neighbors. He's always out to get us to submit our unbelief to the gospel. Don't wait until the 'big headliine' moments or conversions to celebrate. Your Heavenly Father is leading you on mission in his joy, and he welcomes you to rejoice in the small changes. Don't settle for just celebrating the big things, but make a big thing out of the little things God does by his grace. Action for the Next 24 Hours "The first thing you should do is pray, not just to be holy but because God loves the people on your block more than you do. We should ask him how we might enter into his plan to restore your neighborhood." Gino's Final Bit of Gospel Neighboring Wisdom You don't have to have a master plan. You just need to know the Master, and that he has a plan; and ask him what's next. Gino's Essential Gospel Neighboring Resources Caesar Kalinowski, Gospel Primer Tim Keller, Center Church weare3dm.com wearesoma.com gcmcollective.org Mike Breen, Leading Missional Communities Connect with Gino Twitter Facebook Curcuruto Family Chiropractic
28 minutes | Dec 20, 2013
034 – Surprised By Hope
About the Author N. T. Wright is the former Bishop of Durham in the Church of England and one of the world’s leading Bible scholars. He is now serving as the chair of New Testament and Early Christianity at the School of Divinity at the University of St. Andrews. For twenty years, Wright taught New Testament studies at Cambridge, McGill, and Oxford Universities, and he has been featured on ABC News, Dateline, The Colbert Report, and Fresh Air. Wright is the award-winning author of After You Believe, Surprised by Hope, Simply Christian, The Challenge of Jesus, and The Meaning of Jesus (coauthored with Marcus Borg), as well as the much-heralded series Christian Origins and the Question of God. Big Ideas The 'Hope' for the Christian and for this world is not a Platonic, disembodied existence. Rather, it is a material existence in our actual (glorified) bodies in a material, actual (glorified) cosmos. The climax of the gospel is the resurrection of Jesus since it is the first glimpse of this embodied hope and of this new world. God has begun this redemption-kingdom program already through the resurrection of Jesus so that we aren't to 'sit and wait' while the world goes to hell, but God' plan and program for this new world begins now. Plunder “The point of the resurrection…is that the present bodily life is not valueless just because it will die…What you do with your body in the present matters because God has a great future in store for it…What you do in the present—by painting, preaching, singing, sewing, praying, teaching, building hospitals, digging wells, campaigning for justice, writing poems, caring for the needy, loving your neighbor as yourself—will last into God's future. These activities are not simply ways of making the present life a little less beastly, a little more bearable, until the day when we leave it behind altogether (as the hymn so mistakenly puts it…). They are part of what we may call building for God's kingdom.” Easter should be the grandest celebration of the church, and the world should have a better idea of what Easter is and why it is the grandest celebration through how we worship on that day. We can speculate about what this grand future world will be like, but all language about such a thing are like "signposts pointing into mist." Contra Plato, “Art at its best draws attention not only to the way things are but also to the way things will be, when the earth is filled with the knowledge of God a
45 minutes | Dec 18, 2013
033 – Ray Cannata: The Man Who Ate New Orleans
About Ray Dr Ray Cannata is pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Uptown New Orleans. He impersonates Elivis, walks everywhere, and has eaten at every restaurant in New Orleans---over 750 of them. This quest is the subject of the Michael Dunnaway film, The Man Who Ate New Orleans. What is Gospel Neighboring? "Gospel Neighboring is the gospel call to love our neighbor. 'Salvation by grace through faith' is a handy theological Reformation slogan that serves us well in its context, but the gospel is even more than that. It's the good news that Jesus is going to bring about the world that ought to be. Gospel Neighboring is our speaking and living in an attempt to make the world more like it will be when Jesus returns. It's not incidental to the gospel. It doesn't 'lead to the gospel'. It is at the heart of the gospel." Favorite Gospel Neighboring Quote: "They should see us smiling when they see us coming." - Ray Important Lessons Learned in Gospel Neighboring When you come into a place, you shouldn't be coming asking for stuff; you should be coming offering things. When you're walking down the street, you can ask yourself 'What can I do bring the next person I interact with a little good news?' Pastors can get bogged down in committees, sermon preparation, and other necessary duties that make them unavailable to those who would 'interrupt'. Why not structure your day and your routine to plan for interruptions? Walking helps make you available to your neighbors. If you're in your car, you're in a whole different world from the people you're driving past. Don't assume you know what people need. Ask people what they need. We have a lot to teach our cities. But our cities have lots to teach us. "Eating by yourself is binging; eating with someone else is feasting." Action for the Next 24 Hours Whatever plans you have, take someone along with you. And try to walk more and drive less. Ray's Final Bit of Gospel Neighboring Wisdom The most effective ministry comes down to making yourself 'faithfully present' to people, participating in the things that people love to do. This may require you to 'compromise' your 'values', but you'll discover that many of your values are hyper sub-cultural rather than core convictions. Ray's Essential Gospel Neighboring Resources Ray Cannata's own Rooted: The Apostles' Creed Roberta Brandes Gratz, The Living City: How America's Cities are Being Revitalized by Thinking Small in
49 minutes | Dec 16, 2013
032 – Bobos in Paradise
In This Episode We mash up David Brooks' Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There and realize the importance of knowing our neighbors and how to love them in their quirkiness. About the Author David Brooks is an Op-ed colum...
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