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The Ministry Chemistry Podcast
2 minutes | Jul 9, 2020
Ep. 69 - Pressing Pause on 2020 (A Mid-year check-in)
With it officially being summer, the team is going to practice what they preach - but not without first inviting you to do the same.
34 minutes | Jun 18, 2020
Ep. 68 - It Matters If You're Black or White: Part 2 (Continuing our discussion on race and responses in America - and the Christian church)
This week kicks off asking if 11am on Sunday morning really is the most segregated hour in America - and we don't stop there. Discussing the perceived vs. actual brokenness of the systems in our country, considering what it means to be divisive vs. calling out divisions in our churches - it's another week of talking about tough topics, and we hope you're talking about them, too.
55 minutes | Jun 11, 2020
Ep. 67 - It Matters If You're Black or White: Part 1 (Exploring some of the tensions centered on race and community responses in America)
In true Ministry Chemistry style, the team poses a whole lot more questions than answers in this week's discussion about the current climate of our country. Protests vs. riots, sympathy vs. empathy, facts vs. opinions - we're all over the map because, like so many others, we're just trying to figure out the best way to go.
31 minutes | Jun 4, 2020
Ep. 66 - I Can't Wait to do THAT Again! (Should the church focus more on delivering content, community, or care?)
Church buildings are re-opening and the people are beginning to gather again - but how should that happen? What should the focus be? And what are the things we just can't WAIT to get back to, again?
30 minutes | May 28, 2020
Ep. 65 - R.I.P. Ravi (Reflections from the passing of Ravi Zacharias)
There are everyday voices that are a part of our lives and then there are those who we'll never meet, but whose words have a profound impact on our paths, as well. Today, the gang shares who some of those voices are for them and how they first heard of Ravi.
40 minutes | May 21, 2020
Ep. 64 - Marrieds vs. Single Part 2 (Physical affection, the Pandemic, and the Power of Friendship)
Continuing the discussion on last week's hot take, the team discusses the distrust that underlies some of the church's teachings and encouragements when it comes to singleness and marriage - and the value of a shift towards highlighting Christian friendship, whether a person is married or not.
35 minutes | May 14, 2020
Ep. 63 - Married vs. Singles Part 1 (Why does the church feel the need to separate people by their relationship status?)
The hot take on this week's episode is that the church places marriage on a pedestal. That it's become the be-all, end-all goal of life and pretty much all people everywhere should strive towards it. Unless, y'know, you're Jesus...
44 minutes | May 7, 2020
Ep. 62 - Guest Spotlight: Pastor Tina Fox (Highlighting May as Mental Health Awareness Month)
Our guest this week is pastor and professional counselor, Tina Fox. Tina discusses the tensions and truths between faith and mental health, the fact that some people would rather be miserable than do the hard work of getting unstuck, and the overall fragility of being human.
30 minutes | Apr 30, 2020
Ep. 61 - We're NOT Israel (But do we need this pandemic to appreciate life?)
God is the ultimate lemonade maker. But doesn't He also make the lemons? In this week's episode, the gang considers if it's true that God is FOR us, not against us, even during these virus-shaping days...
42 minutes | Apr 23, 2020
Ep. 60 - Guest Spotlight: Youth Group Plus (An interview with the FIRST podcast that's FOR students BY students.)
Ever wondered what teenagers REALLY think about following Jesus? Today's guests are a part of a team hoping to reach students - all over the world - who are figuring out what it means to be the church of right now, not just tomorrow.
32 minutes | Apr 16, 2020
Ep. 59 - It's Still Easter (Easter means celebration! Even amidst grief and fear and uncertainty and all the things.)
It's often not a question whether or not the first century Rabbi from Nazareth was a real man named Jesus who was sentenced to death by crucifixion. It IS sometimes a question whether he stayed dead. The good news? He didn't. He's alive. And we get to celebrate.
36 minutes | Apr 9, 2020
Ep. 58 - The Victory of Easter (What does it mean for churches to be unable to gather, in-person, for the highest holiday of their faith?)
Peeps, Cadbury Eggs, the celebration of life eternal... this week we chat about how Easter might look different this year BUT, yet, how some things will always remain the same. Thank you, Jesus!
32 minutes | Apr 2, 2020
Ep. 57 - The Tiger King & COVID19 (God created Joe Exotic, but did He give us this global pandemic?)
What's God trying to teach us? Why is He allowing this to happen? What do these days mean for our faith? And who on the Ministry Chemistry team do YOU think has watched the most episodes of The Tiger King?
29 minutes | Mar 26, 2020
Ep. 56 - How Ya' Doin'? (The Current State of Social Distancing, Isolation, and the COVID-19 Ripple Effects)
In a matter of weeks, the world has come to a halt. Homes are government-issued quarantine sites, forced family fun time is universal, and toilet paper is only for sh*ts, not giggles. So the gang really has just one question to ask: how ya' doin' with all that?
40 minutes | Mar 19, 2020
Ep. 55 - Guest Spotlight: Aaron VanValkenburg (Rhett + Link and Deconstructing Deconstructionism)
St. Augustine says "In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity." So what are your essentials? And what would happen if you deconstructed what you've always known to be truth? Would you still believe what you claim to believe?
32 minutes | Mar 12, 2020
Ep. 54 - Pass Me A Corona...Virus (How the rise of the virus + the rise of xenophobia should equal a rise in Christian response)
Unfortunately, some people don't like some people for no other reason than fear. Today, the gang tackles the topic of this new worldwide disease and how that's not the biggest sickness surfacing.
27 minutes | Mar 5, 2020
Ep. 53 - Are You !@?*$ Kidding Me?!?! (Grace, Humility, Anger, and Salvation)
What makes you really angry? Who gets grace? Why is humility such a vital part of Christianity? The gang tackles these big questions - and more - on today's episode.
41 minutes | Feb 27, 2020
Ep. 52 - Guest Spotlight: Jill Crumbacher (1 person & 2 perspectives on thousands of kids in need of a home)
The team took advantage of an opportunity to sit down with Brad's lovely wife, who brings some amazing insight on adoption, foster care, and the opportunities for everyone to play a part.
31 minutes | Feb 20, 2020
Ep. 51 - What can trump Trump? - (Why some Christians ignore the person behind the politics)
"Will Somebody Please Hate My Enemies For Me?" - the follow-up article to the most recent National Prayer breakfast sparks discussion about the president and our current political climate.
30 minutes | Feb 13, 2020
Ep. 50 - The Artist vs. The Art (How the weight of influence determines the wave of impact)
From celebrity crushes to famous deaths to being starstruck to not caring at all - here's part two of asking the question: just how big of an impact do famous folks have on the world around us? And why?
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